NSCAS Parent Resources

Spring 2020

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NSCAS Summative Testing Parent Resources

It is almost time for NSCAS Summative testing! Please see the resources below that are provided by the Nebraska Department of Education to learn more about the assessment and to access practice materials.


The NSCAS Summative test administration window is March 16 - April 24, 2020 for grades 3-8 in the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.


This year, grades 5 and 8 will pilot the NSCAS Summative test for the Nebraska College and Career Ready Standards for Science (NCCRS-S). More information about the new science pilot test can be found on the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) website or by using the links below.


NSCAS Science Assessment Transition Website

NSCAS Alternate Summative Assessment Website

NSCAS Science FAQs
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Student Tutorial

  • Students and parents can access the student tutorial on their own through the NWEA portal or by using the following link: http://bit.ly/NSCAStutorial
  • The student tutorial provides detailed information about the NSCAS Summative Assessment including who will test, how many questions are on each test, and the different types of items students will need to answer.
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Item Type Sampler

  • Students and parents can access the Item Type Sampler through the NWEA portal or by using the following link: http://bit.ly/NSCASsampler
  • Each Item Sampler has 20 questions.
  • Item Samplers are available for grades 3-8 in ELA and mathematics.
  • Students who qualify to receive the Text-to-Speech accommodation can select this support for the Item Sampler.

Username: ne

Password: sampler

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Tools Key

The following tools will be available on the NSCAS Summative assessments. The Item Type Samplers provide the opportunity for students to practice using these tools. Please note that not all tools are available on all questions and devices.
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NSCAS Summative - ELA & Mathematics

Quick Links:

NSCAS Summative Student Tutorial: http://bit.ly/NSCAStutorial

NSCAS Item Type Sampler: http://bit.ly/NSCASsampler

NWEA-NDE Portal: https://community.nwea.org/community/nebraska

If you have any questions or concerns regarding NSCAS Summative testing, please contact your child's school.