Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA)


Nebraska requires state level testing. 

The Nebraska Department of Education link has more detailed information about the standards that will be assessed, including the extended standards for the alternate assessment. 


The company the state is using for the state tests is DRC eDIRECT.  They have a web site that enables quick and easy access links to online testing tools and program information for the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) testing program.

Access NeSA online tools training for writing with Google Chrome

Publicly accessible NeSA practice tests and video tutorials for writing are available. Please click on or copy the link below into Google Chrome to access these practice opportunities.

Practice tests:


NeSA Administration Manuals, Forms, and Other Documents

NeSA Administration Manuals for teachers and test coordinators, training materials, forms, sample parent letters, reference sheets.

Posted on March 24, 2016

NeSA Approved Accommodations and Guidelines

Link to the NDE documents listing approved accommodations on the NeSA and guidelines for determining participation of students with disabilities.

Posted on October 06, 2015

Sample Parent Letter for NeSA RMS and ELDA Student Individual Score Reports

These sample letters were developed to send home to parents with student NeSA and ELDA score reports. Schools can use them as a model to help develop a parent letter if it is helpful. Federal Programs is working to translate the sample letters and the sample student score report into Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Vietnamese.

Posted on September 18, 2015

Help with Graphing Assessment Results for your SIP School profile (or anything else!)

Several principals asked our office for a "template" they could use to make data tables and graphs of assessment data (for their SIP school profile and other purposes). This excel workbook is designed to help school staff easily enter and graph assessment data.

Posted on July 24, 2015

Accessing Assessment and other Data with Synergy - hints, tips, and tricks.

We're working on providing resources for accessing data using Synergy - more tips to come in the future!

Posted on February 04, 2015


Sample Graphic Organizers for NeSA-W and WGDE

Posted on January 27, 2014

4th Grade NeSA Writing Analytic Scoring

4th grade analytic rubric training PowerPoint

Posted on January 27, 2014

NeSA Score Verification Form: NeSA Writing Appeals

We can appeal NeSA W results for students whose scores seem inaccurate.

Posted on January 27, 2014

NeSA Security and Training

Links to the Nebraska State Accountability Security site

Posted on January 27, 2014

NeSA Reading and Math Data for 2012 in AS/400 and SSI

NeSA Reading and Math data for 2012 has been loaded to the AS/400 and SSI. Directions for getting rosters of current students are available here.

Posted on January 27, 2014


These documents summarize how NeSA scores are used to determine AYP status for schools and how proficiency levels are determined for students using scale scores.

Posted on January 24, 2014


test guidelines

Posted on January 24, 2014

NeSA and ELDA Testing Windows 2015-16 School Year

NeSA Writing


Grades 4, 8, 11 

Jan. 19 - Jan. 29, 2016

Make-ups Feb. 1 - 5, 2016


Feb. 8 - March 4, 2016

Make-ups March 14-18, 2016

NeSA-Reading, Math, Science (including alternate tests)

March 21 - April 29, 2016
Make-ups: May 2-6, 2016