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Nebraska Tests

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System

Nebraska has revised its state tests to reflect the new reading and math standards and learning expectations. The new tests are part of the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System. 

Assessment Overview

Reading Test

  • The new reading test is NSCAS-ELA (English Language Arts). 
  • This new test asks students to really look at and think about what they read.
  • There are more ways to answer questions in the new test. Not just multiple choice!
  • In this test, students read one or more passages to find answers.

Math Test

The NSCAS-Math test has revised as well. It will use other question types similar to those used on the NSCAS-ELA test. 


  The state of Nebraska is having all 11th graders will take the ACT test. The test will be given in April each year. Nebraska has also paid for ACT preparation tools for high school juniors. 


The NSCAS tests are Nebraska specific.  PCSD uses the NWEA MAP test in grades K-11 to see how students are doing compared to others across the nation and to prepare for the state NSCAS assessments. 
If you have any questions about the new tests, talk to your student's teacher or contact Dr. Larson at