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.

For information on interim or formative assessment supports, please click on the links below.


NSCAS Growth Winter Pilot Window
Dec 1 – Jan 21, 2022

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

Make-up Testing Only

May 2, 2022 – May 6, 2022

NSCAS ELA Achievement Level Descriptors:

Updated 12.3.18

NSCAS ELA Table of Specifications:

The table of specifications indicates the range of assessment items included for each standards indicator.  An adaptive test is constrained to make sure each student receives items within the identified ranges.

TOS Updated 2.15.19

Please note: The information below was developed for the NeSA assessment, but is still applicable for NSCAS.

NeSA Independent Writing Items

Grade 3-8 NeSA-ELA operational tests for 2017 include independent writing items. The following documents contain all released examples of the independent writing items by standard indicator. Independent writing items could be single-point multiple choice items or two-point technology-enhanced items. Additional information about tested indicators can be found in the Table of Specifications.

Standards Crosswalk

NeSA ELA Standards Crosswalk


For general assessment questions , contact Statewide Assessment.


For more information about English Language Arts, contact Marissa Payzant, ELA Education Specialist.


Updated June 1, 2021 10:12am