NSCAS Overview

The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), pronounced “en-skass,” is a new statewide assessment system that embodies Nebraska’s holistic view of students and helps them prepare for success in postsecondary education, career, and civic life. It uses multiple measures throughout the year to provide educators and decision makers at all levels with the insights they need to support student learning.

NSCAS Summative Assessment Administration

NSCAS General Summative Assessments

NSCAS-English Language Arts

  • Grades 3-8

NSCAS-Mathematics

  • Grade 3-8

NSCAS-Science

  • Grades 5 & 8

ACT

  • High School*

NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessments

NSCAS-AA-English Language Arts

  • Grades 3-8, High School*

NSCAS-AA-Mathematics

  • Grade 3-8, High School*

NSCAS-AA-Science

  • Grades 5 & 8, High School*

ELPA21

  • K-12 English Learners

*Note: Students who are in their third year of cohort at the high school level will participate in the college entrance exam-the ACT, or in the NSCAS- Alternate Assessments 

NSCAS Documents

NSCAS Accessibility ManualUpdated 7.11.23
–  Accessibility Tools 1-3 short formUpdated 3.9.23

*Accommodations list included


School Age Instruction for Students with Disabilities

(Includes Alternate Standards Documents)


School Age Statewide Assessment Tests for Students with Disabilities

(Includes Alternate Assessment Information)


NSCAS Security Procedures

NSCAS Assessment Security Manual – Updated 7.27.23

NSCAS Security Procedures Updated 8.15.22

NSCAS Growth Test Administration TrainingUpdated 7.27.23

 

NSCAS Observation ChecklistUpdated 3.21.23


Testing Irregularity

Report of Testing Irregularity FormUpdated 07.19.23

 


Confidentiality Agreements

Sample District Security Policy

Building Principal Security AgreementUpdated 7.19.23

DAC Confidentiality AgreementUpdated 7.19.23

 

Test Development Confidentiality Agreement


2023-2024 Guidance for Assessment Performance & Participation Calculations v2.0Posted 09.29.23

2023-2024 NSCAS Growth EL Status GuidancePosted 10.31.23

2023-2024 NSCAS Not Tested Codes Guidelines V1.4Posted 1.24.24

NSCAS Alternate NOR Code Guidance

2023-2024 NSCAS Roster Review Process

2023-2024 NSCAS ACT Irregularity-Prohibited Behavior Log Template


Go to the ADVISER Data Guidance tab of the ADVISER Resources page for the latest version of the following guidelines:

  • ADVISER Data Elements
  • Who Reports What
  • Systems Involved Student Report

Family Communication

ISR Family Letter 2023-2024 (pdf)

ISR Family Letter 2023-2024 (doc)

ISR Family Letter 2023-2024 Spanish (pdf)

ISR Family Letter 2023-2024 Spanish (doc)

 


ACT

NSCAS ACT Family Letter(Give to students after testing)

NSCAS ACT Family LetterSpanish –  (Give to students after testing)


 

NSCAS Legislative Policy Brief


2023-2024 SAA Update


2022-2023 SAA Update Updated 3.16.23


SAA Update 22 – Posted 2.22.21


SAA Update 21 – Updated 2.11.20


SAA Update 20 – January 2018


SAA Update 19 – April 2017


SAA Update 18 – November 2016


SAA Update 17 – April 2016


SAA Update 16 – October 2015


SAA Update 15 – March 2015


SAA Update 14: – September 2014


SAA Update 13 – March 2014


SAA Update 12 – October 2013


SAA Update 11 – March 2013


ACTIVE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RELEASED DECEMBER 4, 2020

NDE.CEX.2020 RFP

Release Date: December 4, 2020

Due Date: January 15, 2021 at 2:30pm

NDE.CEX.2020 – PDF

2016 RFP

Attachment ARFP NDE.GA.ASMT.2016, 86 pages

Attachment B consists of the following portions of the DRC bid proposal

The signed RFP bidder form (first page of the RFP), 1 page
Completed Bidder Contract Sheet (page 75 of the RFP), 1 page
Initialed Part III Terms and Conditions (pages 10 through 28 of the RFP), 18 pages
Section 4 (Technical Approach) of the DRC technical proposal dated February 1, 2017, 286 pages
Memo for NeSA ELA Peer Review Support, dated April 28, 2017, 2 pages
Memo for Development of Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors, dated August 8, 2017, 6 pages
Memo for Development of Science Indicators, dated September 21, 2017, 2 pages

Attachment C Statement of Work-Nebraska Alternate Assessment


Attachment D consists of the following portions of the NWEA bid proposal

The signed RFP bidder form (second page of the RFP), 1 page
Completed Bidder Contract Sheet (page 6 of the RFP), 1 page
Cost Proposal of the NWEA proposal dated February 1, 2017
Technical Proposal of the NWEA proposal dated February 1, 2017,
Section 4 (Technical Approach) of the NWEA technical proposal dated February 1, 2017, 345 pages

Updated January 24, 2024 2:19pm