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Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)

State Assessment: Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS)


New NSCAS Summative assessment measures student performance

Takes less time, reveals deeper information, and helps address learning roadblocks


This school year, the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Summative assessment replaces the Nebraska School Accountability (NeSA) tests in:

This new, computer-adaptive culminating assessment measures student performance against Nebraska’s content area standards, showing how learning compares to expectations.

The NSCAS (pronounced, “en-skass”) Summative assessment adapts dynamically based on each student’s ability and includes innovative, interactive question formats that engage students and enable them to demonstrate higher order thinking. As a result, it will take less time for students to complete and will provide deeper information about what they know.

Students of all abilities will be able to participate via accommodations and the NSCAS Alternate assessment.


Results from the spring 2018 administration will be available in the fall of 2018. Starting in 2019, results will be available shortly after the close of the testing window, giving parents and educators valuable information about student performance ahead of the next school year.


Each elementary building and the middle school has established the testing schedule within the testing window provided by the state.

Don’t forget to make sure your child(ren) get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast on the day of the assessment, and stay positive!

The dates of testing for Hillside  are as follows:


Hillside ELA Testing:

6th Grade on Thursday, March 22 starting at 9:00 a.m.

5th Grade:  Tuesday, March 27 starting at 9:00 a.m.

4th Grade:  Wednesday, March 28 starting at 10:30 a.m.

3rd Grade: Thursday, March 29, starting at 9:00 a.m.


Hillside Math Testing:

6th Grade:  Thursday, April 12 starting at 9:45 a.m.

5th Grade:  Tuesday, April 10 starting at 9:00 a.m.

4th Grade:  Wednesday, April 11, starting at 10:30 a.m.

3rd Grade:  Friday, April 13, starting at 9:00 a.m.


Hillside Science Testing (5th Grade):

Thursday, April 17, starting at 9:00 a.m.

ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )