The Nebraska State Statute 79-760 was updated by passage of LB 930 in spring 2016 to require that state accountability testing at the high school level be completed through the administration of a college entrance exam. ACT was selected as the exam to be administered beginning spring 2017 to all public school third-year cohort students, except those identified as needing alternate assessment.
Students will participate in ACT Reading, English, Math, Science and Writing each spring. Although ACT writing is optional for Saturday administrations, the ACT writing test is required for state testing for all students.
All students, including special education students and English Learners who are in their third-year cohort of high school must participate in the ACT. An alternate exam is available for students who qualify as having significant cognitive disabilities. Please click on the link for the alternate assessment page.
ACT Quick Links
NEW for 2020-2021
For the 2020-2021 school year NDE has offered to provide PreACT or ACT Online Prep(AOP) to each district. Districts were surveyed and chose an option for their district this summer.
- Districts who have chosen AOP, each third year cohort student will have the AOP available for 365 days from the initial log in.
- Districts who have chosen PreACT could test 10th graders in the fall or spring window, and 11th graders in the fall only.
2020-2021 PreACT Fall Test Window (10th & 11 grade)
09/21/2020 – 10/30/2020
2020-2021 PreACT Spring Test Window (10th grade only)
3/15/2021 – 4/30/2021
Determining Graduation Cohort when Enrolling High School Students
It is important that all districts use the established guidance for determining graduation cohorts when enrolling high school students. Guidance for Graduation Cohort V5.00 04.07.17 details the rules for determining the graduation cohort year. This guidance should be used whenever a district enrolls a new high school student, including foreign exchange students. The process needs to be updated for the ADVISER system. Questions should be directed to:
NDE Help Desk – Questions about the Portal or ADVISER/NSSRS
College & Career Ready Writing Presentation from AQuESTT Conference (includes NeSA-TDA and ACT Writing) April 2017
- ACT Technology
- The ACT Online Technical Readiness Webinar 1/24/2019 – Posted 2.13.19
- Please click on “Already Registered” to view webinar. Please note, there is an error in the Power Point, Iris Owens phone number is 402.471.4316.