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.

NSCAS Alternate Training

2021 NSCAS Alternate Administration Training

2022 Alternate Admin Training PowerPointPosted 2.23.22

2021 Alternate Admin Training PDF VersionPosted 2.23.22

2021 Alternate Test Administration Training Recording (YouTube 50:20) – Posted 2.23.22

**PLEASE NOTE: All Proctor training information is current.**

NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training PowerPoint

NSCAS Alternate Proctor Training Recording

 


NSCAS Alternate Online Tools Training Administration Manuals


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

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.

2021-2022

1% Cap Waiver Renewal Approval Letter 2021-2022

1% Cap on Alternate Assessment Waiver Public Notice Request for Comment 2021-22

1% Cap Waiver Request for 2021-22

 

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 the district justification information available to the public annually.

The following Nebraska’s NCSAS Alternate Assessment justifications for exceeding the 1% Threshold are available upon request.

  • 2022 District Justifications
  • 2021 District Justifications
  • 2020 District Justifications
  • 2019 District Justifications
  • 2018 District Justifications

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


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 2.23.22

Volume II:  Central Office Services (COS) – Updated 2.23.22

Volume III:  DRC INSIGHT – Updated 2.23.22

Volume IV:  Troubleshooting– Updated 2.23.22

Volume V: Troubleshooting(COS) –  Posted 2018

Insight Technology User Guide Updates – Updated 2.23.22

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 August 23, 2022 4:08pm