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Understanding the NeSA

Nebraska students are assessed on an annual basis using the Nebraska State Accountability, or NeSA, Tests. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 are assessed yearly in Reading and Mathematics. In grades 5, 8 and 11 students take the NeSA Test in Science. Students in grades 4, 8 and 11 also will take the NeSA Writing Assessment.

These tests are designed to be in alignment with the curricular standards developed by the State of Nebraska Department of Education. These Academic Standards provide the framework for teaching and learning in the subject areas. They are organized in a way that specifies what

Format of the NeSA

In grades 3-8 students take the NeSA Tests in Reading and Mathematics. These assessments ask questions in a multiple-choice format. The assessments can be administered either online or in a paper-and-pencil based format; that decision is determined by the districts. Students who require a paper-and-pencil version due to an accommodation will receive it if the assessment is administered online.

Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the NeSA in Science, which is also in a multiple-choice format. In grades 4 and 8 students are given the NeSA in Writing which calls upon the student to write an essay style response. Students in grade 4 will be asked to write in a narrative style. In grade 8 students write the essay in a descriptive style. In grade 11 students write the essay in a persuasive style.

Taking the NeSA

Students will receive a scaled score and a proficiency level indicator. The proficiency levels that a student may reach on the NeSA Tests are Exceeds the Standards, Meets the Standards, or Below the Standards. Students who fall into the Below the Standards category will require some remedial instruction in appropriate areas.

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