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2021-22 NSCAS Fall Workshops Recordings

October 13: NSCAS Growth (YouTube recording, 2 hr, 10min)


October 18: NSCAS ACT (YouTube recording, 1 hr, 37 min)


October 27: NSCAS Alt, PL & Formative Assessment, Science & SIPS, NAEP (YouTube recording, 1 hr, 33 min)

New DAC Statewide Assessment Overview

  • Scheduled on August 11, 2021
  • Intended for new DACs, but everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Focuses on big picture general information (i.e. processes and resources).
  • Scheduled from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will be recorded for those unable to attend the live event.
  • Please email Stacey Weber for Zoom information.

NSCAS Assessment Presentations at NDE Day 2021

Please join us for the Assessment presentations at NDE Day, July 28, 2021

(Click Links for PowerPoints)

9:45-10:30 NSCAS Innovation – Jeremy Heneger

10:40-11:25 NSCAS Growth Q&A (in person only – recording to come later) – Jeremy Heneger

1:00-1:45 Professional Learning Opportunities in 2021 and Formative Assessment Supports Network – Trudy Clark, Aly Martinez Wilkinson, and Dennison Bhola

1:55-2:40 NSCAS Update 2021-22 – Jeremy Heneger

2:50-3:36 NSCAS ACT State Testing for 2022 – Jeremy Heneger and Iris Owens

2:50-3:35 NSCAS Science: Building a Coherent System of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment – Rhonda True and Audrey Webb



NSCAS Summative Test Window

Click for a pdf of all of the NSCAS assessment schedules in one convenient document.

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

The next Technical Advisory Committee Meeting is on April 19, 2020 from 11:00-3:00 CST.


Meeting Agenda:

  • Using Principled Alignment and Item Difficulty Modeling to Create an Integrated, Hybrid Interim-Summative Through Year Adaptive Assessment System: Proof of Concept and Considerations
  • Through Year Prioritization Model Overview

NSCAS General Assessment Administration Manual

The Online Test Administration Manual (with the scripts for administering the assessment) can be found on NWEA’s Nebraska Portal under Assessment Coordinators.  You may want to bookmark this page as it has a plethora of helpful NSCAS information.

Statewide Assessment & Accountability Update 2020-2021

Overview of Topics:

  • MyACT & NSCAS ACT Support
  • Expanded Testing Time for NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test
  • NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test iPad highlighter functionality
  • NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test Reporting Update
  • NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test Exempt Clarification

Statewide Assessment & Accountability Update PowerPoint

Statewide Assessment & Accountability Update Presentation Video Time: 26:06

NSCAS Assessment Development Application – Virtual Summer 2021 Work

Even though the NSCAS test windows have not opened, it is time to start planning for next year. Below is a link for an application for summer NSCAS test development & alignment work for NSCAS summative general (ELA, math, science) and for formative classroom task development for science.  All assessment development work will be done virtually this summer.

NDE Statewide Assessment is always seeking highly qualified educators to participate in assessment development, review, and alignment opportunities.  Stipends are available when educators are NOT working under district contract.

We are currently seeking educators for summer NSCAS test development work for both NSCAS General and NSCAS formative work in science.  You can find the NSCAS summer application link below.  If you have any questions please contact us at 402.314.3013.

Application Link 

The first page of the application will offer details about content areas and dates. Please let NDE know if you have any questions about the application or the test development opportunities. The initial selection process will begin at the end of March.


Paper/Pencil Exempt Students

Remember to send Maggie Sis ( any of your NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test paper/pencil material exempt students to Maggie Sis, include the student state ID Number, and reason for exemption (requires braille, large print or translation)

ELPA21 Extended Dates

The ELPA21 window is currently open and has been extended through April 2, 2021.  ALL students identified in TIDE as English Learners must have either a score for each domain test or a Reason Not Tested (RNT) code for each domain test entered.  The window for districts to review their data and enter RNT codes will be available from February 22nd through April 16th. For additional information, please refer to the TIDE User Guide, beginning on p. 90.

Contact Information: Allyson Olson ( or 402-405-5212


Students Attending an External Program

Please send your NSCAS Phase I Pilot and Science Field Test students who are attending an external program (Rule 18, ESU program, or contracted service program) to Maggie Sis ( Review the 2/11/2021 email from Stacey Weber for details and roster template.

Assessment Team Has New Phone Numbers

The assessment team has new numbers!  For general assessment questions, call the Statewide Assessment main phone at 402-314-3013.  We no longer have the capability to transfer your calls, so if you have specific questions, please feel free to contact team members directly.  Find all our new numbers on the Statewide Assessment Contact Us webpage.

Virtual Regional Workshop Registration

You are invited to register for the Virtual Regional Workshop scheduled for October 7th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Please find the link below that will take you to the registration page. We look forward to sharing information about assessment in Nebraska. A full agenda will be shared before October 7th.




Virtual Regional Workshop Date Change

The Virtual Regional Workshop will be held on the morning of October 7, 2020 (instead of October 8 as originally scheduled). Please hold this time on your calendar but we will record the session if you are not able to attend the live event.


Contacting the Assessment Team

We are still working from home! If you wish to speak with a team member via phone, email your number and we will call you back. Please follow the link to our contact page to find email addresses. Thank you for your patience.