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
2020 TEST DATES
Test Administration Window
March 16, 2020 – May 1, 2020
Make-up Testing Only
April 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020
eDIRECT: This site is password protected and is used to manage students and printed materials.
NSCAS Alternate Documents
(Includes Alternate Standards Documents)
(Includes Alternate Assessment Information)
(Please use flow chart to determine if Alternate Assessment is necessary)
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.
*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)
Table of Specifications
NSCAS Achievement Level Descriptors
Alternate Assessment Practice Test
Please Note: The practice tests are still applicable for exposing students to the test format.
NSCAS Alternate Training
2019 NSCAS Alternate Administration Training – Posted 2.15.19
Alternate Test Administration Training Recording (51 min 52 secs)
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Note: Please copy the link below into Google Chrome if you are having trouble accessing the recording link.
NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training PowePoint – Posted 3.4.19
NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training Recording (25 min 45 secs)- Posted 2.12.19
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2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manuals
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manual Grades 3-5
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manual Grades 6-8
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manual Grade 11
2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Student Booklets
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Student Booklet Grades 3-5
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Student Booklet Grades 6-8
- 2019 NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Student Booklet Grade 11
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.