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).

 

 

 

 

 

NeSA Archives

NeSA Previous Content Areas:

NeSA Reading

NeSA Writing

NeSA Mathematics

Previous NeSA Presentations:

TDA Fall 2016 Workshops (Power Point)

November 2015 TDA Workshops (power point)

 

NeSA Writing Technical Reports:

Summary NeSA Writing Final Report (2010)

Summary of Procedures for Statewide Writing Assessment for Grades 4, 8, and 11 (2008)

Scoring Report Statewide Writing Assessment (2008)

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

Scoring Report for Statewide Writing Assessment (2006)

Scoring Report for Statewide Writing Assessment (2002)

NeSA Writing Reports:

Statewide Writing Assessment Standard Setting Report 2008

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

Leadership in Using NeSA Data:

Leadership in Using NeSA Data PowerPoint

2014 NeSA Test Administration

2014 NeSA RMS Paper/Pencil Manual

2013-2014 eDirect User Guide NeSA RMS

2014 NeSA RMS Paper/Pencil and Alternate Assessment Training (video)

2014 NeSA RMS Paper/Pencil and Alternate Assessment Test Training (powerpoint)

2014 NeSA RMS Paper/Pencil and Alternate Assessment Test Training (PDF)

2014 NeSA RMS Online Test Administration Manual

2014 NeSA RMS Online Test Administration Training (video)

2014 NeSA RMS Online Test Administration Training (powerpoint)

2014 NeSA RMS Online Test Administration Training (PDF)

 

NePAS Archives

2014 NePAS Development Summary

Developing the NePAS: Processes, Outcomes, and Recommendations-Executive Summary

Nebraska Performance Accountability System: NePAS

The State Board of Education and Nebraska Department of Education staff developed a state accountability system as required by state law 79-760.06 called Nebraska Performance Accountability Systems. In August 2012, the State Board of Education adopted NePAS, which is based on student scale scores within grades, buildings and districts. The system is intended to inform educators, parents, school board members, community members and policymakers about the learning progress of Nebraska schools and school districts. 

Nebraska Performance Accountability System (pdf)

Sample NePAS Examples (pdf)

The Nebraska State Board of Education voted unanimously on January 7, 2014 in support of revision of the current Nebraska Performance Accountability System based on NePAS 1.1–Background and Proposal of Framework, a document that provides the background for state accountability in Nebraska and gives a framework for the revision of current NePAS. The document is the result of the work of the NDE Statewide Assessment office, NDE leadership, and the Nebraska Board of Education Accountability Committee.
The work was guided by three goals:

  • To develop an effective system that provides fair accountability for schools in order to enhance opportunity to learn for every student in every school in Nebraska
  • To partner with school districts to provide support for improved student learning
  • To partner with the Legislature by providing NePAS 1.1–Background and Proposal of Framework to guide NDE as it moves forward.

Details of combining the measures, determining weights, measuring growth and improvement have not been determined, and much conversation and collaboration will take place in the state as NDE works with districts and policy partners to determine the system design.  The timeline for development and implementation is currently being determined and will provide ample opportunity for all districts to give input to the NePAS design.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Information

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Information

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels

NeSA-Reading

NeSA-Alternate Reading

NeSA-Math

NeSA-Alternate Math

NeSA-Science

NeSA-Alternate Science

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge PowerPoint Presentation

Brochures

C4Learning (April 2011)

NeSA Tests (Updated January 2017)

NeSA Alternate Tests (Updated January 2017)

Helping Your Child Learn to Read (English) 2010

Helping Your Child Learn to Read (Spanish) 2010

Quick Facts About Data – 2011

Quick Facts About Data (black and white copy) – 2011

Nebraska School District Accountability

AYP

2014-2015 Guidance

State Goals

AQuESTT

AQuESTT

AQuESTT Conference Power Point- Text-Dependent Analysis Session

AQuESTT Conference Power Point- Formative Assessment Session

AQuESTT Reporting

To learn more about AQuESTT, please visit the following: AQuESTT for Nebraska

Final Report of Work by Task Force

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NeSA Mathematics

2017 NeSA Requirements

2017 NeSA-Mathematics Calculator Policy

 

NeSA-M Paper/Pencil Practice Tests:

New 2013-2014 Practice Tests

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

Previous English Practice Tests

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

Previous Spanish Practice Tests

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

 

NSCAS-Math Reference Sheets (for use with NSCAS-Math Practice Tests and Operational Tests):

Updated for 2018 NSCAS Math

Grade 4 Grade 6
Grade 5 Grade 7

 

SPANISH VERSION:
Grade 4 Grade 6
Grade 5 Grade 7

 

NeSA-M Table of Specifications:

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8
Grade 11

NeSA-M Performance Level Descriptors:

NeSA-M Performance Level Descriptors

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge:

NeSA Mathematics

NeSA Mathematics Studies:

2015 Correlation of NeSA-Math with National Assessment Instruments

2014 Correlation of NeSA-Math with National Assessment Instruments

2013 Correlation of NeSA-Math with National Assessment Instruments

2012 Correlation of NeSA-Math with National Assessment Instruments

2011 NeSA Comparability Study Results – Reading and Mathematics (Jan 2012)

2011 Correlation of NeSA-Math with National Assessment Instruments

2010 Nebraska Mathematics Alignment Study

NSCAS English Language Arts (ELA)

NSCAS ELA Performance Level Descriptors

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

NSCAS ELA Table of Specifications 

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8

 

The information below was developed for the NeSA assessment, but is still applicable for NSCAS 2018.

NeSA ELA Released Passages

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8
Grade 11

Answer Key included at the end of each released passage.

NeSA ELA Samplers

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8
Grade 11

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.

Independent Writing Item Examples

NeSA ELA Practice Tests

2015-2016 NeSA-RMS Online Test Administration Manual and ELA Practice Tests

Grade 3 Grade 6
Grade 4 Grade 7
Grade 5 Grade 8
Grade 11

ELA Transition Presentations/Power Points

College & Career Ready Writing Presentation from AQuESTT Conference (includes NeSA-TDA and ACT Writing) April 2017

WebEx recording for Contrasting Groups Training

Transition from NeSA-Reading to NeSA-English Language Arts College and Career Ready Assessment (Power Point and Recording)

2016 Transition to College and Career Ready Assessment (Power Point)

SOSR Release and NeSA-ELA Assessment Update September 2015

Prompt Writing Workshop September 2015

2015 Administrator Days (PowerPoint)

NeSA Assessment & Accountability Advisory Meeting April 2015 (PowerPoint)

NeSA Transition Sample Items (PowerPoint)

NeSA-English Language Arts Transition

ELA Transition October Workshop Presentation (Power Point)

ELA Transition Test Details (Power Point)

Standards Crosswalk

NeSA ELA Standards Crosswalk

NeSA AA ELA Standards Crosswalk

*Standards included in the crosswalks reflect the indicators that will most likely be tested on the NeSA ELA assessments beginning in 2017.

 

Technical Reports

ACT Technical Reports :

         ACT Nebraska Standard Setting

         ACT Nebraska Standard Setting Appendices 

         ACT Standard Setting Post Committee NDE work

ACT_Technical_Manual

ACT-Technical-Manual-Supplement

 

 NeSA Technical Reports :

        NeSA ELA Standard Setting Report 

        NeSA ELA Standard Setting Post-Committee NDE Work 

Final NeSA 2017 Appendices

Final NeSA 2017 Technical Report

2016 NeSA RMS ALT Technical Report (No Appendices)

2016 NeSA RMS ALT Technical Report (Appendices)

2016 NeSA RMS Technical Report (No Appendices)

2016 NeSA RMS Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Technical Report (No appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices)

2012 NeSA Technical Report (Complete with Appendices)

2011 NeSA Technical Report (Complete with Appendices)

2011 NeSA-Mathematics Standard Setting Technical Report

2010 NeSA Grades 3-8 and 11 Reading Operational and Mathematics Field Test Technical Report

NeSA-AA Technical Reports:

        NeSA Alternate ELA Standard Setting Technical Report

Final NeSA-AA 2017 Appendices

Final NeSA-AA 2017 Technical Report

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)

2011 Standard Setting Report for the Nebraska State Accountability Alternate Assessments of Mathematics (NeSA-AAM) and Reading (NeSA-AAR) (Alpine Testing Solutions)

        2010 Standard Setting Report for the Nebraska State Accountability Alternate Assessment of Reading                    (NeSA-AAR) (Alpine Testing Solutions)

      2010 NeSA-AAR Alternate Alignment Analysis of Reading Extended Indicators and Operational Alternate                Reading Assessment Report 

 

NeSA Technical Reports Reading:

2015 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Technical Report (No Appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices)

2012 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

NeSA Science Technical Reports:

2015 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Technical Report (No Appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (Appendices)

2013 NeSA Technical Report (no appendices, 270 pages)

2012 NeSA Technical Report (Complete with Appendices)

2012 NeSA Science Standard Setting Technical Report

2011 NeSA Technical Report (Complete with Appendices)

NeSA-AAS Technical Reports:

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)

2012 Standard Setting Results for the Nebraska State Accountability Alternate Assessment of Science 

NeSA Technical Reports Writing:

2016 NeSA Writing Technical Report (Complete)

2015 NeSA Writing Technical Report

2013 NeSA Writing Technical Report

2012 NeSA Writing Technical Report: Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) Spring 2012 Writing Test, Grades 4, 8, and 11 (Data Recognition Corporation)

2011 NeSA Writing Technical Report: Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) Spring 2011 Writing Test, Grades 4, 8 and 11 (Data Recognition Corporation)

NeSA-AA Technical Reports

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2015 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (Appendices)

2014 NeSA Alternate Technical Report (No Appendices)