Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA)

State Testing-NeSA and ELPA21

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. Students in grades 3-8 participate in NeSA testing in English Language Arts and math.  Students in grades 5 and 8 also take NeSA science tests. Students in grade 11 participate in a college entrance exam as part of state testing. English Learners in grades K-12 participate in the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21).


The company the state is using for the NeSA 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 with Google Chrome

Publicly accessible NeSA practice tests and video tutorials are available. Please click on or copy the link below into Google Chrome to access these practice opportunities. Teachers can also use these links to display content using a projector.

Practice tests:

Resources for Test Coordinators and Teachers

Notes for Test Coordinators (available after Test Coordinator meetings)

Online Testing Schedules

  • Middle School Online NeSA Testing Schedule
  • Elementary Online NeSA Testing Schedule

Changes to NeSA 

Online Practice Materials:  Directions for accessing the different online practice options for NeSA ELA with some guidance about which to use for specific purposes.

Administration Manuals: These manuals are intended for use by District Assessment Contacts, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators and contain separate sections for each of these roles.

Participation and Accommodations

NeSA Alternate Assessments
A training video is available to help staff understand how to administer the NeSA Alternate Assessments:
NeSA AA Training Video: To view the video, click on the link and then sign into Video Center using your staff credentials.

Using chromebooks for NeSA testing

Discrepancy form: Use this form to note testing issues (computer problems, fire alarms, sudden illness, etc.) that are likely to affect student scores.  Discrepancy form

Medical Waiver forms: Submit these forms for students who have medical emergencies.  Please note that page 2 contains a section for the student's physician to fill out. 

  • ELPA21
  • NeSA RMS

NDE Proctor Training Powerpoints: Explains test administration procedures for proctors and the online testing system. You can edit these documents as you need to do training. NDE Proctor Training Powerpoints

Math Reference Sheets: Reference sheets for the practice tests for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. NeSA-M Reference Sheets

Sample letters: Samples to inform parents about NeSA testing.  

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test guidelines

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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.

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NeSA Security and Training

Links to the Nebraska State Accountability Security site

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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.

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NeSA and ELPA 21 Testing Windows 2016-17 School Year

Feb. 6-March 3, 2017
Make-ups: March 6-10, 2017

NeSA-ELA, Math, Science (including Alternate Assessments)
March 20 - April 28, 2017
Make-ups: May 1-5, 2017

College Entrance Exam
April, 2017