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STARS Technical Reports

STARS Archived Reports

Statewide Writing Alignment Studies

Conducting an Alignment Study for the  Nebraska Statewide Writing Assessment (March 2009)

2007 Statewide Writing Assessment Standard Setting Study for Grades 4, 8 and 11 Final Report

2006 Statewide Writing Assessment Standard Setting Study for Grades 4, 8 and 11 Final Report

2005 Statewide Writing Assessment Standard Setting Study for Grades 4, 8 and 11 Final Report

2004 Statewide Writing Assessment Standard Setting Report for Grades 4, 8 and 11 Final Report

 

Statewide Writing Assessment Reports:

2010 Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8 and 11 Scoring Report

2007-2008 Summary of Procedures for Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8, and 11

2008 Scoring Report Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8 and 11

2007 Scoring Report for Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8 and 11

2006 Scoring Report for Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8 and 11

2003 Technical Report Scoring of the Nebraska Statewide Eighth Grade Writing Assessment

2002 Scoring Report for Statewide Writing Assessment, Grade 4

Local Assessment Evaluation and Technical Reports

Report on the Nebraska Peer Review Process (Schraw, 2007)

The Quality of Local District Assessment (Brookhart, 2006)

Evaluation of Six Quality Criteria (Lane, 2006)

Alignment Study (Buros, 2005)

Local District Assessments: One Indicator for the Validation of Nebraska’s Standards, Assessment, and Accountability (Brookhart, 2004)

2004 An Examination of 2002-2004 Nebraska Criterion Referenced Tests, Norm Referenced Tests, and District Portfolio Ratings for Math at Grades 4, 8 and 11 (Isernhagen, Dappan)

Analysis of the District Assessment Portfolio (Forte Fast, 2004)

Final Report on the Analysis of STARS Data (Schraw, 2004)

Exploring Nebraska’s Decision Rules for Adequate Yearly Progress (Beaudoin, 2004)

Examining the Potential for Selected NRTs and Locally Developed CRTs to Classify Students into Performance Categories in Reading and Mathematics (Buros, 2004)

Evaluating Nebraska’s District Assessment Portfolios and Recommending Model Assessment

2003 Evaluating Nebraska’s District Assessment Portfolios and Recommending Model Assessments for Reading, Speaking and Listening: 2002-2003 (Buckendahl, Impara, Plake, Ferdous, Haack)

2002 Evaluating Nebraska’s District Assessment Portfolios and Recommending Model Assessments for Mathematics: 2001-2002 (Buckendahl, Impara, Plake)

2002 Cutscores for District Performance Classifications for the State of the Schools Report Based on the Percentage of Students Meeting the Mathematics Standards (Impara, Buckendahl, Plake)

2001 Cutscores for District Performance Classifications for the State of the Schools Report Based on the Percentage of Students Meeting the Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Standards (Plake, Impara, Buckendahl)

2001 Report of Model Assessments for Reading (Impara, Buchendahl, & Plake)

 

STARS Comprehensive Evaluations

Comprehensive Evaluation of STARS Yearly Reports

Year Eight: Transitions: A Journey to a Balanced Assessment System (Isernhagen and Mills, 2009)

Year Seven: Charting Stars: Engaging Conversations September 2008 (Isernhagen and Mills, 2008)

Year Six: Charting Stars: Pathways to Success October 2007 (Isernhagen and Mills, 2007)

Year Five: Portraits of Excellence October 2006 (Isernhagen, Dappan, and Mills, 2006)

Year Four: Voices from the Field September 2005 (Isernhagen, 2005)

Year Three: Charting Stars: New Conversations August 2004 (Gallagher, 2004)

Year Two: Sustainability as Challenge and Opportunity August 2003 (Gallagher, 2003)

Year One: Charting Stars: The State of Assessment in the State of Nebraska August 2002 (Gallagher, 2002)

STARS Updates 1-26

 

Update 1 May 2000
Update 2 August 2000
Update 3 September 2000
Update 4 December 2000
Update 5 March 2001
Update 6 Summer 2001
Update 7 October 2001
Update 8 March 2002
Update 9August 2002
Update 10 September 2002
Update 11 March 2003
Update 12 August 2003
Update 13 September 2003
Update 14 March 2004
Update 15 August 2004

Update 16 September 2004

Update 17 March 2005
Update 18 August 2005
Update 19 September 2005
Update 20 March 2006
Update 21 August 2006Update 22 September 2006Update 23 March 2007Update 24 August 2007Update 25 September 2007
Update 26 March 2008    

In August of 2008, these updates were renamed SAA Updates and are now found at this link: SAA Updates

School Age Statewide Assessment Tests for Students with Disabilities

 

Technical Advisory Committee for Statewide Assessment

Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee

Former Minutes/Agendas

Meeting DateAgendaMinutes
10/31/2017
3/10/2017
8/11/2016
12/17/15
6/30/15
12/9/14
December 9, 2014
5/6/14
12/4/13
4/24/13
11/7/12
11/2/11
5/10/11
10/19/10
06/25/10
10/27/09
02/17/09
12/03/08

STARS Archives

STARS Archives

STARS Updates 1-26

STARS Comprehensive Evaluations

STARS Technical Reports

Published Articles about STARS

STARS Summafry Booklet (2006)

Technical Quality of Classroom-based Assessments

Six Quality Criteria

Six Quality Criteria Sample Charts

Six Traits of Writing

A Guide for Assuring the Technical Quality of Classroom Assessments

Guidelines and Requirements for Documenting Assessment Quality

Sample Mathematics Portfolio

Sample Reading Portfolio

District Assessment Portfolio Rubric

District Assessment Portfolio Rubric Checklist of Requirements

STARS Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Updates

Standards, Assessment, and Accountability

SAA Update 19: Wrapping up the School Year (April 2017)

SAA Update 18: Beginning the School Year (November 2016)

SAA Update 17: Wrapping up the School Year (April 2016)

SAA Update 16: Beginning the School Year (October 2015)

SAA Update 15: Wrapping up the School Year (March 2015)

SAA Update 14: Beginning the School Year (September 2014)

SAA Update 13: Wrapping up the School Year (March 2014)

SAA Update 12: Beginning the School Year (October 2013)

SAA Update 11: Wrapping Up the School Year (March 2013)

NeSA Scoring

SOSR Guidance for Assessment Calculations and these three years below

SOSR Guidance-2015-2016

SOSR Guidance-2014-2015

SOSR Guidance-2013-2014

2017 Final Conversion Tables

ELA
Math
Science
Alt ELA
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8
   Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11

ELA Conversion Tables will be available soon.

2016 Final Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8
Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11

2015 Final Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8
Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11

2014 Final Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8
Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11

2013 Final Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8
Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11

2012 Final Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3    
Grade 4Grade 4    
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5  Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6    
Grade 7Grade 7    
Grade 8Grade 8Grade 8  Grade 8
Grade 11Grade 11Grade 11  Grade 11

2011 NeSA Reading and NeSA-AAR Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3Grade 3 Grade 3Grade 3 
Grade 4Grade 4 Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5 Grade 5Grade 5 
Grade 6Grade 6 Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7 Grade 7Grade 7 
Grade 8Grade 8 Grade 8Grade 8 
Grade 11Grade 11 Grade 11Grade 11 

2010 Scale Score/Raw Score/Percentile Conversion Tables

Reading
Math
Science
Alt Reading
Alt Math
Alt Science
Grade 3   Grade 3   
Grade 4  Grade 4  
Grade 5   Grade 5  
Grade 6   Grade 6  
Grade 7  Grade 7  
Grade 8  Grade 8  
Grade 11  Grade 11  

DRC Scale Score Definitions (pdf)

NeSA-Reading Scale Score Cutpoints (pdf)

 

NeSA Reporting

NeSA Sample Reports

2014 NeSA RMS Reports Training

2014 NeSA RMS Reports Powerpoint

2014 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide

2014 NeSA RMS Reports Training WebEx (recording)

 

NeSA Reading

2013 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: English (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: Spanish (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2011 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: English (Reading and Mathematics)

2011 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: Spanish (Reading and Mathematics)

2010 NeSA Reports Interpretative Guide: NeSA Reading

NeSA Mathematics

2013 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: English (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: Spanish (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2011 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: English (Reading and Mathematics)

2011 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: Spanish (Reading and Mathematics)

NeSA Science

2013 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: English (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

2012 NeSA Reports Interpretive Guide: Spanish (Reading, Mathematics, and Science)

NeSA Writing

2013 NeSA Writing Reports Interpretive Guide

2012 NeSA Writing Reports Interpretative Guide

2012 Sample Writing District Report of School Performance, Grades 4, 8, and 11

2012 Sample Writing School Student Roster, Grades 8 and 11

2012 Sample Writing School Summary, Grades 8 and 11

2011 NeSA Writing Reports Intrepretative Guide Grades 4 and 8

2010
Summary NeSA Writing Final Report

 

NeSA Reporting Tools

NeSA Data Elements for 2012 NeSA District Level File

NeSA Data Elements for 2011 NeSA District Level File

Graphing NeSA Results 2012 – Excel file

Graphing NeSA Results – (PDF)

Who Reports What? – (PDF)

 

NSCAS Item Writing

2015 Item Writing Materials

NeSA R Item Writing Training Presentation

NeSA R Item Writing Training Presentation Part 2

NeSA M & NeSA S Item Writing Training Presentation

General Item Writing Documents

Content Specific Item Writing Documents

 

For Questions about Item Writing materials please contact Jeremy Heneger (jeremy.heneger@nebraska.gov, 402-471-2818).