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State Assessment: Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)


New NSCAS Summative assessment measures student performance

Takes less time, reveals deeper information, and helps address learning roadblocks


This school year, the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Summative assessment replaces the Nebraska School Accountability (NeSA) tests in:

This new, computer-adaptive culminating assessment measures student performance against Nebraska’s content area standards, showing how learning compares to expectations.

The NSCAS (pronounced, “en-skass”) Summative assessment adapts dynamically based on each student’s ability and includes innovative, interactive question formats that engage students and enable them to demonstrate higher order thinking. As a result, it will take less time for students to complete and will provide deeper information about what they know.

Students of all abilities will be able to participate via accommodations and the NSCAS Alternate assessment.

Results from the spring 2018 administration will be available in the fall of 2018. Starting in 2019, results will be available shortly after the close of the testing window, giving parents and educators valuable information about student performance ahead of the next school year.

Don’t forget to make sure your child gets a good night’s rest, eat breakfast on the day of the assessment, and stay positive!  

The dates of testing for your child’s school will be posted on that school’s website. These dates will be scheduled within the Nebraska testing window March 19–April 27, 2018 and make-up week is April 30–May 4, 2018.

ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )
MIDDLE SCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:15 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:44 )
HIGHSCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:10 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:50 )