NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessment

Alternate assessment tests have been designed for students with severe cognitive disabilities or multi-handicapping conditions, generally less than 1% of the overall student population.

Students grades 3-8 & 11 qualifying for and alternate assessment will participate in NSCAS Alternate ELA and Math assessments.  Science Assessments will only be administered in grades 5, 8 & 11.  When determining whether a student is eligible, refer to guidelines provided by NDE.

Alternate Summative Assessments are administered by Data Recognition Corporation(DRC.)

Alternate Summative Assessment Quick Links

2022 TEST DATES

NSCAS Alternate Window
Mar 21, 2022 – Apr 29, 2022


Make-up Testing Only
May 2, 2022 – May 6, 2022

DRC INSIGHT: This site is password protected and is used to manage students and print materials.

Upcoming Events


No Upcoming Events

NSCAS Alternate Training

2021 NSCAS Alternate Administration Training

2021 Alternate Admin Training PowerPointPosted 2.23.21

2021 Alternate Admin Training PDF VersionPosted 2.23.21

2021 Alternate Test Administration Training Recording (48:10) – Posted 2.23.21

Note: Please copy the link below into Google Chrome if you are having trouble accessing the recording link.

**PLEASE NOTE: All Proctor training for 2020 will be used for 2021.  No changes were made for 2021**

2020 NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training PowerPointPosted 2.11.20

2020 NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training RecordingPosted 3.3.20 

 


2020 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manuals


2020 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Student Booklets


Access to NSCAS online Tools Training via Google Chrome

Publicly accessible versions of the DRC INSIGHT test engine and the NSCAS Online Tools Training are available.   Please copy the link below into Google Chrome to access these practice opportunities.
Note: Google Chrome is the only supported browser for the public version of the DRC INSIGHT Test engine.


NSCAS Alternate Documents

Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Extended Indicators for Science 

Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Extended Indicators for Science are extensions for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities at grades 5, 8, and 11. Each extended indicator is further extended to three access points, A, B, and C. The access points are intended to provide students with multiple entry points in order to access the grade-level content.

The access points are within a continuum of complexity that progresses toward the extended indicator. The less complex access points are represented on the right side of the progression. The access points increase in complexity of knowledge and skills. As the student is being asked to demonstrate more complex understanding of content, the student moves toward the left side of the progression, closer to the extended indicator.

The Nebraska College and Career Ready Extended Indicators and access points should not be used to determine who qualifies to participate on the NSCAS Alternate Assessment.


NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 5

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 5

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 5


NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 8

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 8

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 8


NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 11

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 11

NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 11


NeSA AA ELA Standards Crosswalk

*Standards included in the crosswalks reflect the indicators that will most likely be tested on the NeSA ELA assessments beginning in 2017


Standard Setting Results for the Nebraska State Accountability Alternate Assessment of Science (Prepared by Alpine Testing Solutions)


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (NSCAS-AA), does not exceed 1 percent of the total number of all students who take Nebraska’s State Assessments. States that anticipate they will exceed the 1 percent threshold in alternate assessment participation must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education 90 days prior to the beginning of the alternate assessment testing window.

2020-2021

1% Cap Waiver Renewal Approval Letter 2020-2021

1% Cap Waiver Request for 2020-2021

1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Waiver Public Notice Request for Comment 2020-2021


2019-2020

Due to COVID-19, testing was cancelled so no waiver was needed


2018-2019 Waiver

1% Cap Waiver Renewal Approval Letter 2018-2019

1% Cap Waiver Renewal Request 2018-2019

1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Waiver Public Notice Request for Comment 2018-2019


2017-2018 Waiver

1% Cap Waiver Approval 2017-2018

1% Cap Waiver Request 2017-2018

1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Waiver Public Notice Request for Comment 2017-2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) annually requires each district to submit a justification when it anticipates testing more than 1 percent of students on the NSCAS-Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities.

Districts are required to complete the 1% Threshold document and submit to NDE.

ESSA requires states to make these forms available to the public annually. Nebraska’s. 2020 district Justification forms for exceeding the 1% Threshold for participation on the NCSAS Alternate Assessment are available to the public for review upon request. 2019 district Justification forms for exceeding the 1% Threshold for participation on the NCSAS Alternate Assessment are available to the public for review upon request.

Table of Specifications

Grade


Grade 3


Grade 4


Grade 5


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 8


Grade 11


NSCAS-AA Science


N/A


N/A


Grade 5


N/A


N/A


Grade 8


Grade 11


NSCAS Achievement Level Descriptors

Grade


Grade 3


Grade 4


Grade 5


Grade 6


Grade 7


Grade 8


Grade 11


NSCAS-AA Science


N/A


N/A


Grade 5


N/A


N/A


Grade 8


Grade 11


CCR Extended Indicators for Science

Grade


Grade 5 & 8

NSCAS Science


NE CCR Extended Indicators for Science – Grade 5 & 8 (New revision coming soon)

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge:

Alternate Assessment Practice Test

Please Note: The practice tests are still applicable for exposing students to the test format.

Questions within the NeSA-ELA Alternate Assessment Samplers can be used as practice tests in order to familiarize students to testing procedures.

Alternate Assessment Samplers

Grade 3-5


Grade 6-8


Grade 11

Questions within the NeSA-ELA Alternate Assessment Samplers can be used as practice tests in order to familiarize student to testing procedures.

N/A

NSCAS Alternate Technology

DRC INSIGHT System Guide


DRC INSIGHT System Requirements

DRC INSIGHT 2020-2021 Technology User Guide

Volume I: Introduction to Online Testing – Updated 2.23.21

Volume II:  Central Office Services (COS) – Updated 2.23.21

Volume III:  DRC INSIGHT – Updated 2.23.21

Volume IV:  Troubleshooting– Updated 2.23.21

Volume V: Troubleshooting(COS) –  Posted 2018

Technology User Guide Updates – Posted 2018

Contacts


For general assessment questions , contact Statewide Assessment.
nde.stateassessment@nebraska.gov


For more information about Special Education, contact Sharon Heater, Education Specialist for the Office of Special Education.
sharon.heater@nebraska.gov

Updated July 23, 2021 11:05am