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.
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.
Notes for Test Coordinators (available after Test Coordinator meetings)
Online Testing Schedules
Changes to NeSA
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.
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 NeSA Administration and Security Materials Site
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.
NeSA and ELPA21 Testing Windows 2016-17 School Year
Feb. 6 - March 3, 2017
Make-ups March 6-10, 2017
NeSA-Reading, Math, Science (including alternate tests)
March 20 - April 28, 2017
College Entrance Exam