NSCAS English Language Arts (ELA)

NSCAS English Language Arts for general assessment is administered to students in grades 3-8.  If a student is taking the English Language Arts Alternate Assessment you will want to go to NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessment Page.

2021 ELA Standards & Crosswalk

2021 ELA Standards (Word)

ELA Standards Crosswalk K-12 (Excel)

K-5 Foundations of Reading Crosswalk (Excel)

2021 Range Achievement Level Descriptors (ALD)

This draft document highlights the indicators that NDE intends to assess on the NSCAS Growth assessments.

2021 Range Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) K-12 (Excel)

Achievement Level Explorer –  A resource that allows you too:

  • access the progression of grade-level performance expectations defined by your state’s standards-based achievement level descriptors,
  • analyze student performance by achievement level,
  • plan instruction so all students have the opportunity to learn and meet the expectations for their highest levels of achievement, and
  • analyze student progress and identify target standards for growth.

ELA Quick Links

For more English Language Arts resources:

Approved K-3 reading assessments:

For information on interim or formative assessment supports:

NSCAS ELA Sample Test (Item Type Sampler)

For Grade 3-8 sample tests (called Item Type Samplers), visit the NWEA Nebraska Portal.

Please note: The released ELA passages and samplers were developed for the NeSA assessment, but are still applicable for NSCAS.


For general assessment questions , contact Statewide Assessment.


For more information about English Language Arts, contact Becky Michael, ELA Education Specialist.


Updated January 30, 2023 4:15pm