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
2023 Test Windows
Test Window 1 – Initial
Standard Administration (Paper): March 26, 2024
Accommodations Administration (Paper): March 26-29 & April 1-5, 2024
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): March 26-29 & April 1-5, 2024
Test Window 2 – Initial & Make-up
Standard Administration (Paper): April 9, 2024
Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 9-12 & April 15-19, 2024
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 9-12 & April 15-19, 2024
Test Window 3 Make-up Only
Standard Administration (Paper): April 23, 2024
Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 23-26 & April 29-30, May 1-3, 2024
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 23-26 & April 29-30, May 1-3, 2024
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
The PreACT Test Administration webinar was presented on September 14, 2021.
(If you have not registered, you will have to do so to see the recording.)