New Nebraska Tests
Nebraska is revising its state tests to reflect the new reading and math standards. This year, your student will be practicing for the new reading test. Next year, your student will practice the new math test and actually take the new reading test.
The NeSA-Math test is being revised as well. It will use other question types similar to those used on the NeSA-ELA test.
High school students will no longer be taking the NeSA assessments. The state of Nebraska is having all 11th graders will take the ACT test. The test will be given in April 2017.
If you have any questions about the new tests, talk to your student's teacher or contact Dr. Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do We Know If They Know It?
Assessment at PCSD is not just about testing. It is about consistently figuring out what students know and don't know and using that information to increase learning. Assessment is guided by beliefs as well as quality assurance documents and procedures. Parents, students, and educators have have different roles in the assessment process.
Nebraska Assessment Framework
PCSD uses Nebraska's balanced approach to assessment using national, state, and local assessments.
National Assessments These assessments are designed to sort students into high, medium, and low ability level groups. PCSD uses four of these tests to see how our students compare to other students nationally.
State Assessments Nebraska State Assessments are designed to determine if a student has learned specific standards identified by the state as being essential. There are four Nebraska State Assessments (NeSA).
Local Assessments Local Assessments are designed to ensure that students understand all district and state standards and essentials. Teachers construct local assessments using Nebraska and PCSD quality criteria.
All assesments are used to monitor growth towards District Continuous Improvement goals and annual content area goals.
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