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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.


DAC Update 7.23.20

NDE Day Administrator Days July 29, 2020

Be sure to register for Administrators’ Days-NDE Day. The Statewide Assessment Office has a whole series of live presentations. These will all be recorded if you are not able to attend in person. As a whole, we plan to cover the big picture of assessment for the coming year.

New DAC Statewide Assessment Overview August 4, 2020

The Statewide Assessment Overview is intended for new DACs but everyone is welcome to attend. The overview focuses on big picture general information such as processes and where to find resources. The session is scheduled from 9-12:30 and will be recorded for those unable to attend the live event.

Virtual Regional Workshop October 8, 2020 (save the date)

The 2020-21 Assessment Regional Workshop will be held as a single virtual event on October 8, 2020. The session is scheduled from 9 am to noon. The Assessment Regional Workshop is typically an annual series of events that are utilized to convey detailed information about the NDE’s statewide assessment program. The session will be recorded for those unable to attend the live event. Registration will be shared information when available.

Professional Learning Opportunity Kick-Start for Fall Planning

The unprecedented COVID-19 school closures are affecting student academic achievement—so how can you plan for potential accelerated learning loss and greater learning variance among students? Join us to explore our recent research on learning loss—and discover practical strategies for addressing it. In this upcoming session, we’ll focus on helping you understand, plan for, and mitigate the potential impacts of this extended pause when students return to school. We will also have a special presentation by Dr. Nate Jensen on the updated 2020 Norms.  We have included a copy of the PDF Registration Flyerfor you to share with other administrators as they are able to attend.


Register today for this session and join your colleagues around the state to prepare for a virtual day of professional learning

Launch Nebraska Assessment Resources

Hopefully everyone has had an opportunity to review the resources provided from the Launch Nebraska project. For the Assessment Webinar we used and unpublished source from CCSSO. The Restart & Recovery: Assessment Considerations for Fall 2020 is now available and we wanted to make sure everyone had access to this helpful resource.

ACT Fall Testing

The students in the 2021 Cohort will be provided the opportunity to take the ACT this fall.  The Schedule of Events pdf and multiple resources are available on the ACT Nebraska Website under The ACT – Fall Testing tab. Please consider bookmarking that page for your convenience. ACT Test Center Social Distancing Guidelines

ACT Accommodations- If your school has requested accommodations for students in the 2021 cohort, these approved accommodations are still valid.  Each school will need to request a new test date for each individual student in the TAA system.  The link to more information on how to make this request can be found here.   Please note, you must choose September 22 for all students, even if you are testing on October 6.  The deadline for this process and new accommodations requests is August 21, 2020.

On August 3, 2020, ACT Pearson Access Next (PA Next) will be updated with the fall test date.  You will receive an email from ACT about your access and passwords before the opening of the system.  The student lists will be available on August 5, 2020 for you to review and make changes if necessary.

ACT – Fall Student Roster Review REMINDER

Districts have until tomorrow, Friday, July 24, 2020 to review and make any need corrections through ADVISER on their student roster for the 2020 Fall ACT administration for their 2021 cohort students.  This data was pulled from the 2019-20 final data in ADVISER.  Please refer to the 7/20/2020 email sent out from Stacey Weber for details on how to review your roster file. NOTE: there is  an updated Who Reports Version 4.0 NDE posted last Friday.

Roster files in PA Next will be available after August 5th and districts will have the opportunity to make further corrections due to changes in the new academic year (2020-2021).  All corrections on student lists will need to be completed by August 21, 2020 to receive updated barcode labels.  Corrections can be made in PA Next until September 11, but barcode labels will not be available for these additional students.

ELPA21 and TIDE Access

TIDE is the test management system for ELPA21. When NDE is informed of new DACs, the new DAC is added as a district-level user in TIDE. Each DAC should log into TIDE and review and update their district and building users as needed. Log into TIDE at the NE portal: For questions or assistance, contact Allyson Olson at


We know you are all busy and appreciate how difficult it is to plan for assessment activities for the upcoming year. The Statewide Assessment Office is experiencing some of the same difficulties. We are working on plans but also will be responsive to the ever changing circumstances of the school year.

The Statewide Assessment Office

Essential Content for 20-21

Based on research and the progression of the disciplines, the 2020–21 Essential Instructional Content names the priorities in mathematics (K–8) and ELA/literacy (K–12) that should be the focus of instruction for educators in the 2020–21 academic year. These documents provides guidance for the field about content priorities by leveraging the structure and emphases of college- and career-ready mathematics and ELA/literacy standards. It is intended to help publishers, other designers of instructional materials, and instructional leaders find new efficiencies in the curriculum that are critical for the unique challenges that have resulted from school closures and anticipated disruptions in the year ahead, keeping at the forefront principles of equitable instruction that support all students.

Essential Instructional Content for 2020-2021 ELA/Literacy

Essential Instructional Content for 2020-2021 Mathematics (K-8)

Essential Instructional Content for 2020-2021 Mathematics (High School)

Suspension of all NSCAS Assessments

The NDE is suspending summative statewide assessment (NSCAS) for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes NSCAS – General, Alternate, and ACT. The NDE intends to pursue federal waivers for testing, accountability, and reporting requirements. The NDE is working with ACT to determine if all public high school third-year cohorts who would normally take the ACT as part of the statewide assessment may have the opportunity to take the ACT free-of-charge at a later date.

NDE is working with ACT and NWEA to provide more detailed directions about returning assessment materials. Please look for these specific emails over the next couple of days.
For AQuESTT Accountability and ESSA Designations, NDE will work closely with school district leaders, the State Board of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education to pursue policy adjustments.

Nebraska Statewide Assessment Suspended One Week

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is suspending the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) testing for the week of March 16-20, 2020 due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and school closures across the state.

The NSCAS testing window was scheduled to open today, Monday, March 16. Right now, the priority is to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, and communities.

This is a rapidly changing situation. The NDE will continue to gather information and will share an update about NSCAS testing later this week.

2020 Summer NSCAS Test Development Opportunities


While the NSCAS test windows have not even opened, it is already time to start planning for next year. Below is a link for an application for summer NSCAS test development work for both NSCAS General and Alternate.

We would like all districts to encourage their best and brightest educators to apply for the NSCAS test development opportunities. It is important to NDE to get broad representation from districts, and it is a great way to enhance assessment literacy in Nebraska educators! We particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. The whole process is best when diverse voices contribute to the creation and maintenance of NSCAS assessments.

Summer of 2020- NSCAS Test Development

The Chrome browser is preferred for this application. 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 February 17.


Statewide Assessment

Guidance for Text-to-Speech Document Posted

Guidance for Text-to-Speech 

Office Closed

In observance of President’s Day the NDE Statewide Assessment office will be closed on February 17, 2020.

NSCAS ACT Test Administration Training

Access the training at the link below:



Office Closed for the Holidays

Statewide Assessment Office Closed for the Holidays

  • 12/24/19
  • 12/25/19
  • 1/1/20

Statewide Assessment Fall Workshops

The Nebraska Department of Education Assessment office will being putting on Fall Assessment workshops. These workshop are intended to provide Districts with valuable information on the 2019-2020 NSCAS Assessment System in Nebraska. Topics will include information on Spring NSCAS Summative Assessments, NWEA Professional Development, and also look at the future of NSCAS.  Below you will find a link to register your attendance at a workshop in your area. Also fill free to forward the link to anyone that also may need to attend from your district.   All workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. between October 9 – 16, 2019.


Registration Link


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Scottsbluff – ESU 13

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Kearney – Kearney Archway Museum

Friday, October 11, 2019

Norfolk – The Life Long Learning Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lincoln – The Cornhusker Hotel

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Omaha – The Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Hotel & Convention Center


If you have any question please contact us at 402-471-2495.

NSCAS Test Development Summer 2019

NSCAS test development opportunities are available for the summer 2019.  We encourage all educators to apply for the posted opportunities. It is important to NDE to get broad representation from districts, and it is a great learning experience for educators! NDE would also like to encourage educators with various backgrounds to apply. The whole process is best when diverse voices contribute to the creation and maintenance of NSCAS assessments.  The Application is below.

General Assessment

ELA Item Writer Workshop – June 11-13, 2019

Math Item Writer Workshop – June 11-13, 2019

Science Task Development Workshop I – June 17-21

Science Task Development Workshop II – July 8-12, 2019 or 9-12, 2019

ELA Item Content and Bias Review – July 23-25, 2019

Math  Item Content and Bias Review – July 23-25, 2019

Science Task Content and bias Review – TBD

Alternate Assessment

Alternate ELA Item Writer Workshop – June 5-6, 2019

Alternate Math Item Writer Workshop June 7, 2019

Alternate Science Item Writer Workshop June 10-13, 2019


NSCAS Application 2019

The Chrome browser is preferred for this application. The first page of the link 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.


Thank you,

Statewide Assessment

ACT Office Closed


ACT will be closed due to weather on Wednesday January 30, 2019.  The call center will close at 5 p.m. central Tuesday and reopen on Thursday at 8 a.m.  If you are calling in on Thursday, January 31, 2019 , expect delays due to a high volume of calls.

Please contact Iris Owens if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Statewide Assessment