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ONLINE TEST
ADMINISTRATION
MANUAL—SPANISH
2018 NSCAS Summative
English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

                                                  2017–2018
Contributors
          Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System Summative assessments are administered by
          the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE):
              301 Centennial Mall South
              Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
              (402) 471-2495
          The assessment contractor is NWEA. NWEA can be reached by calling Customer Service at
          (855) 225-9926, or by emailing NWEANebraska@nwea.org.

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Table of Contents

           Part 1—General Information                                                 5
             Who Should Read This Manual?                                             5
             NSCAS Summative Test Administration Key Dates                            6
             Student Participation in the Test                                        6
             Scheduling the Test                                                      7
             Student Withdrawal/Enrollment During Testing Window                      8
             Participation with Accommodations                                        9
             Participation of English Language Learners                              10
             Participation of Recently Arrived Limited English Proficient Students   11
             NSCAS Security                                                          11
             General Test Settings                                                   13
           Part 2—District Assessment Contact and School Assessment Coordinator
           Responsibilities                                                          14
             District Assessment Contact                                             14
             School Assessment Coordinator                                           15
           Part 3—Preparing Students for Testing                                     17
             Student Tutorials                                                       17
             NSCAS Practice Tests                                                    17
           Part 4—Administering the NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and
           Science Tests                                                             18
             Administering the NSCAS Tests                                           18
             Proctor Responsibilities                                                18
             Prepare Testing Location                                                19
             Student Test Tickets                                                    19
             Monitoring Test Sessions                                                20
             Testing Availability                                                    20
           Part 5—Test Administration Instructions                                   21
             Instructions for NSCAS English Language Arts                            22
             Instructions for NSCAS Mathematics                                      26
             Instructions for NSCAS Science                                          30
           Additional Questions                                                      34
           Appendix A—Suggestions for a Smooth Testing Process                       35
           Appendix B—NSCAS Security Procedures                                      36
             Introduction                                                            36

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Test Security                                          36
             The Do’s and Don’ts of Security                        37
             Test Security Agreement                                38
             Breaches in Test Security                              38
             Reporting and Investigating Test Security Violations   38
             Consequences of Test Security Violations               38

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Part 1—General Information
       The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Summative assessments are
       developed specifically for Nebraska to provide teachers, students, and parents with an assessment
       of student progress in mastering basic skills based on Nebraska’s Academic Standards in science,
       as well as college and career-ready skills based on Nebraska’s Academic Standards in English
       language arts and mathematics.
       The 2018 NSCAS Summative operational tests for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and
       Science are comprised of items that were field tested during previous administration years.
       Additional items are field tested in each operational year to expand the number of available items for
       subsequent NSCAS Summative assessments. In the 2017–2018 school year, the NSCAS English
       Language Arts and NSCAS Mathematics tests are to be administered to all students in grades 3
       through 8, and NSCAS Science tests are to be administered to students in grades 5 and 8.
       NWEA is the provider of the printed and online versions of the NSCAS English Language Arts,
       Mathematics, and Science tests through NWEA’s Comprehensive Assessment Platform (CAP).
       This 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual has been designed to help you administer the
       online version of the NSCAS Summative assessments accurately and efficiently. There are
       additional manuals for the paper/pencil assessment and the NSCAS Alternate assessment. Please
       take the time to read this manual to become familiar with the administration of the NSCAS
       Summative assessments. Completing the steps in administering the NSCAS Summative
       assessments is essential to the success of the NSCAS program.
       Proctors are strongly urged to become thoroughly familiar with their responsibilities in the 2018
       NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual before the first day of testing.

       Who Should Read This Manual?
       The NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual (this manual) is intended for use by District
       Assessment Contacts, School Assessment Coordinators, and Proctors responsible for
       administering the NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science tests to students.
       District Assessment Contacts, School Test Coordinators, and Proctors should become familiar with
       the contents of this manual. A brief description of the responsibilities of each role follows.
           l   District Assessment Contacts are responsible for coordinating the testing activities of all
               schools within their districts. Responsibilities include but are not limited to coordinating the test
               schedules of the schools within the district and setting up test sessions.

           l   School Assessment Coordinators serve as single points of contact at the schools for the
               District Assessment Contacts and are responsible for coordinating the testing activities within
               their schools. Responsibilities include but are not limited to secure handling of test materials
               such as test tickets and coordination of Proctors. A School Assessment Coordinator and a
               District Assessment Contact might be the same person depending on the district’s decisions.

           l   Proctors are responsible for administering the tests to students.

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NSCAS Summative Test Administration Key Dates
                               Date                                                                     Activity

        Starting February 2, 2018                               Complete rostering activities

        February 19, 2018                                       Online Practice Tests available through the Nebraska Assessment
                                                                Portal

        Starting February 26, 2018                              Begin Test Session Management Activities

        March 19–April 27, 2018                                 NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Testing
                                                                Window

        April 30–May 4, 2018                                    NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Make-up
                                                                Window

       Student Participation in the Test
       The purpose of the NSCAS Summative assessments is to assess student progress in mastering
       basic skills based on Nebraska’s Content Standards in science, and to assess student progress in
       mastering college and career-ready skills based on Nebraska’s Content Standards in English
       language arts and mathematics. Each district must return either a paper/pencil answer sheet or
       online student record for the 2018 NSCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests for all
       grade 3–8 students enrolled in the district, and in grades 5 and 8 for NSCAS Science. If any student
       is not tested, the reason for not testing as noted in the table below should be recorded in the
       Comprehensive Assessment Platform (CAP) where districts manage students and tests.
        Code           Description                                                      Explanation of Use

        ALT       Alternate                    Student participated in the Alternate assessment*
                  Assessment

        EMW       Emergency                    Student not tested because of an approved Emergency Medical Waiver (excluded
                  Medical Waiver               from reporting)

        NLE       No Longer Enrolled           Student not tested because of relocation after data submission but prior to testing
                                               (excluded from reporting)

        PAR       Parent Refusal               Student not tested because of a written request from parent or guardian (included
                                               in reporting as a scale score of 0 and performance level of 3)

        SAE       Student Absent for           Student not tested because student was absent from school from the beginning of
                  the Entire Testing           testing until the end of testing (included in reporting as a scale score of 0 and
                  Window                       performance level of 3)

        UTT       District Unable to           District was unable to test the student during the testing window and none of the
                  Test Student                 other not-tested codes is applicable

       ———————————————————————
       * This code should be used if there is a change in student status or an error in the initial roster file.

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Scheduling the Test
       Even though the NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science tests are not timed
       tests, and students are to be allowed as much time as necessary to complete them, the estimated
       test-taking time is no more than 90 minutes. The table below lists the approximate number of test
       questions per content area and the estimated time to complete each content area. Some students
       may require more time than others. When scheduling test sessions, these variances should be
       considered.
                                                            Approximate Number      Estimated
                      Grade Level       Content Area
                                                             of Test Questions   Test-Taking Time

                      3–8           Mathematics             48                   90 minutes

                      3–8           English Language Arts   48                   90 minutes

                      5/8           Science                 50/60                60 minutes

       While each content area will only be one test session, there is flexibility in test scheduling. Some
       students may be able to complete a test in one sitting but other students may benefit from multiple
       sittings. Schools should prioritize student’s needs and not adult convenience when building a
       schedule. All schedules need to account for students that may need additional time to complete the
       test. For example, given the 90-minute estimated test-taking time, a school may decide to schedule
       two 45-minute sittings or three 30-minute sittings, pausing the test in between those periods.
       Students will begin where they left off when they resume testing.

          Note: Due to the adaptive nature of the online assessment, students will not be able to go back
          to previous items.

       It is recommended that schools schedule one to two sittings per content area with additional
       make-up opportunities for students that may need additional time. Students may take all content
       area tests in the same mode (either online or, if allowed the accommodation, paper/ pencil) or in
       mixed mode.
       Here are some guidelines for scheduling:
           l   The test may be scheduled any day, Monday through Friday, during the first six weeks of the
               testing window, but preferably not on a Monday.

           l   Other schedules may be used, such as those specified in a student’s IEP or those used for
               English Language Learners.

           l   Younger students will be more likely to need multiple test sessions.

           l   Districts should not wait until the end of the testing window. The final week of each test
               window is a make-up week. No regular sessions should be scheduled in the make-up week.

           l   Students who are not tested due to sickness in the final week of a test window will not be
               eligible for an Emergency Medical Waiver.

           l   All testing must be scheduled within the testing windows, as students will be scored on the
               items completed, with no credit for incomplete items.

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l   Since districts know their students best, they should base scheduling needs on that
               information. Students who finish testing early may read or work on other assignments.

           l   The testing window runs through all days of the published timeline. Since NSCAS Summative
               materials can be ordered through April 24th, any student who moves into a district after April
               24th will not be expected to test. That means the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System
               (NSSRS) will expect a score for all students enrolled during the testing window.

           l   When students arrive at a new school, the receiving school should contact the previous school
               to determine what NSCAS Summative assessments have already been completed. Students
               are to be enrolled at the time of their arrival. There is no “waiting” for the testing process to be
               over. It is not ethical or fair to delay or adjust an enrollment based upon the arrival of the
               student and testing schedule.

           l   Regardless of the schedule used, the test administration must be consistent and
               standardized, and the scripted directions must be followed. This is true for both online and
               paper/pencil testing.

           l   Student benefit should always be considered first with regard to scheduling.

       Whenever possible, it is recommended that the first half of the testing window be used for
       administering tests, leaving the remainder of the testing window open for unforeseen rescheduling.
       It may be advisable to postpone the test if a large percentage of the school population is absent on
       any selected day or days, or if an event causes a level of disruption or distress that could result in
       students performing below their capabilities. District personnel are urged to keep the best interests
       of the students in mind when deciding to reschedule test dates. Early use of the testing window
       should eliminate most scheduling problems.
       As noted, the tests are untimed. Students may be given additional time if needed, and can complete
       the test in another test session, if necessary. Students may request extended time if they indicate
       that they have not completed all the items in a test. Such requests should be granted if the Proctor
       finds the request to be educationally valid. Scheduled extended time can be arranged in advance for
       students who typically require additional time to complete similar tests. When such accommodations
       are made, school personnel must ensure that students are monitored at all times to prevent sharing
       of information.
       When individual students have finished testing early, they may read or work on other assignments.

       Student Withdrawal/Enrollment During Testing Window
       If a student enrolls during the established testing window, it is the new school’s responsibility to
       determine whether the student was tested at his or her previous school. If the new student has not
       yet taken, or partially completed, the NSCAS Summative assessment for a required subject, it is the
       new school’s responsibility to administer the test in its entirety to the student before the last day of the
       testing window (May 4, 2018). If the school has not yet completed testing, the newly enrolled student
       should participate in the regularly scheduled test sessions with the rest of the student population.

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If the student was already administered the NSCAS Summative assessment for a required subject
       in its entirety at his or her previous school but the new school has not completed its scheduled
       testing, it is appropriate to make other educational arrangements for the student while the rest of the
       student’s classmates are testing. The receiving district should enter the NLE non-tested code for this
       student to capture their participation. It is the new school’s responsibility to complete the necessary
       research to avoid retesting a student who has already completed the test.
       If a student transfers to a new school after completing only part of a NSCAS Summative assessment
       for a required subject, the new school will need to re-administer the entire test to the student in order
       for that student to receive a score. This scenario should be avoided whenever possible.

       Participation with Accommodations
       All students with disabilities are expected to participate in the Nebraska Student-Centered
       Assessment System (NSCAS). No student, including students with disabilities, may be excluded
       from the state assessment and accountability system. All students are required to have access to
       grade-level content, instruction, and assessment.
       Students with disabilities may be included in state assessment and accountability in the following
       ways:
           l   Students may be tested on the NSCAS Summative assessments without accommodations.

           l   Students may be tested on the NSCAS Summative assessments with approved
               accommodations specified in the student’s IEP. Accommodations provided to students must
               be specified in the student’s IEP and used during instruction throughout the year.
               Accommodations may require paper/pencil testing.
               For additional information, see NSCAS Summative & Alternate Accessibility Manual.

           l   Students may be tested with the NSCAS Alternate assessment if they qualify for these
               assessments. Only students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (typically less than
               1% of students) may take these tests. The NSCAS Alternate test is distributed and
               administered by DRC. Instructions for the NSCAS Alternate test are available in another
               manual.

       Use of accommodations that are not approved may invalidate the student’s score. Non-approved
       accommodations used in state testing result in both a zero score and no participation credit.
       Note that districts must be aware of the differences between accommodations and modifications.
       Accommodations provide adjustments and adaptations to the testing process that do not change the
       expectation, the grade level, the construct, or the content being measured. Accommodations should
       only be used if they are appropriate for the student and used during instruction throughout the year.
       Modifications are adjustments or changes in the test that affect test expectations, the grade level, or
       the construct of content being measured. Modifications are not acceptable in the NSCAS
       assessments.

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Participation of English Language Learners
       According to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), English language learners
       (ELLs) are students who have a native language other than English, OR who come from an
       environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on their level of
       English proficiency, AND whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the
       English language may be sufficient to deny the individual (i) the ability to meet the state’s proficient
       level of achievement on state assessments, (ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms
       where the language of instruction is English, or (iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society. (For
       full text of the definition, please see Public Law 107-110, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101, (25) of the No
       Child Left Behind Act of 2001.)
       Each district with ELL students should have a written operational definition used for determining
       services and meeting Office of Civil Rights requirements.

          Note: Foreign exchange students are NOT considered ELL students and should be included in
          the state assessment process.

       Both state and federal laws require the inclusion of all students in the state testing process. ELL
       students must be tested in NSCAS Summative. Districts should review the following guidelines:
           l   In determining appropriate linguistic supports for students in the NSCAS system, districts
               should use the NSCAS Summative & Alternate Accessibility Manual, found on the Nebraska
               Department of Education Assessment website: http://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment.

           l   Districts must be aware of the difference between linguistic supports (accommodations for
               ELs) and modifications.

           l   For students learning the English language, linguistic supports are changes to testing
               procedures, testing materials, or the testing situation that allow the students meaningful
               participation in the assessment. Effective linguistic supports for EL students address their
               unique linguistic and socio-cultural needs. Linguistic supports for EL students may be
               determined appropriate without prior use during instruction throughout the year. For a
               detailed discussion of linguistic supports for EL students on state content assessments,
               please refer to the NSCAS Summative & Alternate Accessibility Manual, found on the
               Nebraska Department of Education Assessment website:
               http://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment.

           l   Modifications are adjustments or changes in the test or testing process that change the test
               expectation, the grade level, or the construct or content being measured. Modifications are
               not acceptable in the NSCAS assessments.

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Participation of Recently Arrived Limited English Proficient
       Students
       Recently Arrived Limited English Proficient (RAEL) Students are defined by the U.S. Department of
       Education as students with limited English proficiency who attended schools in the United States for
       fewer than 12 months. The phrase “schools in the United States” includes only schools in the 50
       states and the District of Columbia. The term “schools in the United States” does NOT include
       Puerto Rico.
       Districts must assess all RAEL students on all NSCAS assessments each year based on the grade
       level of the student using linguistic supports.
       RAEL students are included in accountability, but the categorization has changed and is detailed
       below.
           l   In Year 1: Students are included in participation calculations, but results are excluded on the
               English Language Arts and Math assessments in the state accountability system.

           l   In Year 2: Students are included in participation calculations, and results are used in growth
               measures but not achievement indicators in the state accountability system.

           l   In Year 3: Students are included in all accountability calculations.

       NSCAS Security
       In a centralized testing process, it is critical that equity of opportunity, standardization of procedures,
       and fairness to students is maintained. Therefore, the Nebraska Department of Education is asking
       that all school districts review the information in Appendix B—NSCAS Security Procedures on
       page 36. It is critical that all administrators and teachers read the procedures, especially those who
       are administering the assessment.
       Breaches in security are taken very seriously and must be quickly identified and reported to the
       Nebraska Department of Education’s Statewide Assessment Office. From there the determination is
       made as to whether a professional practices complaint will be filed. See Appendix B—NSCAS
       Security Procedures on page 36 for more detail on this process.
       Districts should also maintain a set of policies that includes a reference to Nebraska’s NSCAS
       Security Manual. A sample district testing and security policy is included in Nebraska’s Standards,
       Assessment, and Accountability Updates posted on the NDE website at
       https://www.education.ne.gov/assessment/. Whether districts use this sample, the procedures
       offered by the State School Boards Association, or policies drafted by other law firms, local district
       policy should address the NSCAS Security document. The Department would encourage all
       districts with questions to contact their own local school attorney for customization of such a policy.

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Test Security Agreement
       The principal of each school participating in the NSCAS Summative assessments should have
       completed and signed a “Building Principal Security Agreement” and returned it to the Statewide
       Assessment Office by November 22, 2017. District Assessment Contacts should have completed
       and signed the “District Assessment Contact Confidentiality of Information Agreement” and returned
       it to the Statewide Assessment Office by November 22, 2017. Sample copies of the “Building
       Principal Security Agreement” and ”District Assessment Contact Confidentiality of Information
       Agreement” are posted on the NDE website.

       Testing Ethics and Appropriate Practice
       It is important to note that all teachers need to be familiar with appropriate testing ethics and security
       practices related to testing. Professionalism, common sense, and practical procedures will provide
       the right framework for testing ethics. It is also important to note that school districts are bound to
       hold all certificated staff members in school districts accountable for following the Regulations and
       Standards for Professional Practice Criteria as outlined in Rule 27. The NSCAS Security Manual is
       intended to outline clear practices for appropriate security.

       Online Security
       Student Test Tickets contain student-level password information for accessing the tests and must be
       kept secure. Proctors should be given the Student Test Tickets prior to test administration, allowing
       them ample time to review and organize the tickets for distribution before the test begins. Once a test
       session is started, only the student taking the test is allowed to view the student’s screen. No one is
       allowed to view or copy test content while a student is testing.
       This Online Test Administration Manual is not considered a secure test material and should be
       provided to Proctors for review prior to testing.

       Student Test Security
       Students should look only at their individual computers. For further security, folders may be set up
       around each computer screen to eliminate any possibility of students looking at other computer
       screens. For larger groups, it is advisable to have one adult assistant for every 12 students tested, in
       addition to the Proctor. Para-educators under the supervision of a certified teacher may be used as
       Test Proctors.

       Returning/Destroying Secure Materials
       While schools do not need to return any online testing materials to NWEA, District Assessment
       Contacts, School Test Coordinators, and Proctors should be sure to collect all Student Test Tickets,
       copies of the NSCAS Mathematics Reference Sheets, and scratch paper from students after testing
       so that those materials may be securely destroyed.

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General Test Settings
       There are supports available to students, such as linguistic supports and aids for English learners,
       both universally or according to need (504/IEP). Accommodations appropriate for the NSCAS are
       found in the NSCAS Summative & Alternate Accessibility Manual on the Nebraska Department of
       Education Assessment and Accountability website: https://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment/.
       Students may also use approved non-embedded resources, such as multiplication charts or noise
       buffers, as specified by NDE policy. A complete list of non-embedded universal tools, linguistic
       supports, and accommodations are included in the NSCAS Summative & Alternate Accessibility
       Manual .
       Take note of the following important test settings:
           l   Visual Display Settings—All students testing online have access to the magnification
               feature to adjust their visual display.

           l   Audio Accommodation—A Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool is available for English learners and
               students with IEPs or 504 Plans that allow for test content to be read to them. Audio is
               provided for directions, questions, and answer choices, but is not provided for passages in the
               English Language Arts test.

           l   Spanish—There are translated versions of the online NSCAS English Language Arts,
               Mathematics, and Science tests.

                 NOTE: Spanish translations are not provided for English Language Arts items or
                 passages. Only the directions are translated.

       Assigning Test Settings
       Directions on how to set these accommodations and aids can be found in the Proctor Guide. They
       can be set for individual students or groups of students.
       Also, students should familiarize themselves with test aids, such as Text-to-Speech, when they take
       the Practice Tests, as explained in the Practice Test Manual.

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Part 2—District Assessment Contact and School
       Assessment Coordinator Responsibilities

       District Assessment Contact

       Schedule the Test
       As noted in Part 1—General Information, the District Assessment Contact is typically responsible for
       scheduling the test for all schools within the district in order to coordinate the efficient distribution and
       collection of test materials.

       School Assessment Coordinator Orientation
       It is recommended that the District Assessment Contact conduct an orientation session for School
       Assessment Coordinators prior to their meetings with Proctors. Meet to review and/or discuss the
       following topics:
           l   District test schedule

           l   Part 1—General Information in this manual

           l   Procedures for distribution and collection of test materials

           l   Procedures for maintaining security, outlined in Appendix B and the NSCAS Security Manual

           l   Proctor orientation

       School Assessment Coordinators should be given ample time to distribute copies of the 2018
       NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual to Proctors and to schedule a Proctor orientation
       session prior to the testing window.

       District Assessment Contact Checklist
       The following checklist is intended as a suggested set of dates and tasks for District Assessment
       Contacts.

                                                Activity                                              Date

               Complete rostering activities.                                            After February 2, 2018

               Work with technology coordinators to verify system and bandwidth          After February 2, 2018
               readiness, including download of the latest version of the lockdown
               browser. Refer to the System Technology Guide.

               Attend one of the five virtual summative test administration trainings.   February 19–26, 2018
               Additional information will be provided with specific training dates,
               times, and access information.

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Activity                                               Date

             Begin Test Session Management Activities.                                After February 26, 2018

             Read the 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual.                   By February 27, 2018

             Distribute the 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual to           By March 5, 2018
             Proctors.

             Conduct district’s School Assessment Coordinator orientation.            Week of March 5, 2018

             Assist and supervise Proctors during the NSCAS English Language          Test Window: March 19–April 27,
             Arts, Mathematics, and Science Testing Window and Make-up Window.        2018

                                                                                      Make-up Window: April 30–May
                                                                                      4, 2018

             Enter accommodations and not tested codes in CAP.                        By May 4, 2018

             Securely destroy 2018 NSCAS online test materials such as test tickets   By May 8, 2018
             and scratch paper. (Also securely destroy any paper/pencil test
             materials that you did not return to the vendor.)

       School Assessment Coordinator
       School Assessment Coordinators will be responsible for providing secure test materials to Proctors.
       In the case of the online assessment, test tickets will need to be distributed. Do not distribute any test
       materials except the 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual until the day of each session.
       On the day of the test, the School Assessment Coordinator should distribute the correct test tickets
       for that day’s test to each Proctor.
       After each day of testing is complete, all test materials should be returned to the School Assessment
       Coordinator for secure storage as soon as possible. Be sure to return all materials, including test
       tickets and scratch paper.

       Proctor Orientation
       Prior to the scheduled test dates, School Assessment Coordinators should conduct an orientation
       session for Proctors using the NDE-provided training materials. Any teachers, counselors,
       administrators, or other qualified education personnel may act as Proctors.

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In this orientation session, please discuss the following topics:
           l   Test Schedule—Be certain that Proctors know the test schedule.

           l   Administration Preparation—Proctors are to have received and studied this 2018 NSCAS
               Online Test Administration Manual prior to orientation.

           l   Students with Special Needs—Explain what support may be provided for students with
               special needs (see Student Participation in the Test on page 6).

           l   Testing Conditions—Impress upon Proctors the importance of good testing conditions
               (e.g., a comfortable, quiet room) and a positive approach to the test.

           l   Scratch Paper—Remind Proctors that lined or blank scratch paper or blank graph paper
               may be provided to students for use during the test, but that it must be collected and returned
               to the School Assessment Coordinator.

           l   Security—Emphasize that all test materials must be kept secure at all times prior to and
               during the test. Review required security procedures. For additional information, please see
               Appendix B—NSCAS Security Procedures on page 36.

       School Assessment Coordinator Checklist
       The following checklist is intended as a suggested set of dates and tasks for School Assessment
       Coordinators.

                                               Activity                                          Date

               Allow students to view the Online Student Tutorial.                   Beginning February 19, 2018

               Allow students to access the online Practice Tests.                   Beginning February 19, 2018

               Read the 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual.                By February 27, 2018

               Distribute the 2018 NSCAS Online Test Administration Manual to        By March 5, 2018
               Proctors.

               Attend district’s School Assessment Coordinator orientation.          Week of March 5, 2018

               Conduct orientation session for Proctors.                             Week of March 5, 2018

               Assist and supervise Proctors during the NSCAS English Language       Test Window: March 19–April
               Arts, Mathematics, and Science Testing Window and Make-up Window.     27, 2018

                                                                                     Make-up Window: April 30–May
                                                                                     4, 2018

               Securely destroy 2018 NSCAS test materials such as test tickets and   By May 8, 2018
               scratch paper.

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Part 3—Preparing Students for Testing

       Student Tutorials
       The student tutorial is an interactive video that is intended to provide training for students on how to
       navigate the test environment and use item aids within the platform. It demonstrates:
           l   logging in to and navigating a test;

           l   how to answer various types of test questions;

           l   the tools available during the test.

       The tutorial will be available from the Nebraska State Portal from February 2018 onward.

       NSCAS Practice Tests
       NSCAS Practice Tests are designed to provide an introductory experience in preparation for taking
       the NSCAS Summative assessments. They allow students to practice various item types and try out
       tools of the testing software prior to the actual NSCAS administration. They can also be used to
       allow other stakeholders, such as parents and administrators, to experience the test environment.
       The online Practice Tests exemplify the format and content of the NSCAS English Language Arts,
       Mathematics, and Science tests. School Assessment Coordinators, Proctors, and students are
       strongly encouraged to experience the Practice Tests for all subjects before the testing window for
       the NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science tests .
       Spanish translations of the Practice Tests are also available for students.
       Access is available through the Nebraska State Portal
       (https://community.nwea.org/community/nebraska), as well as through the Comprehensive
       Assessment Platform. The portal also includes access to a separate paper/pencil Practice Test.
       Please refer to the Practice Test Manual for additional information.

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Part 4—Administering the NSCAS English Language
       Arts, Mathematics, and Science Tests

       Administering the NSCAS Tests
       In order to ensure accurate results, it is essential that Proctors follow the same procedures when
       administering the test. Those directions can be found in Part 5—Test Administration
       Instructions on page 21. For information on setting up and monitoring test sessions, please see
       the Assessment Coordination Guide.

       Proctor Responsibilities
       Some of the major tasks Proctors are responsible for include:
           l   Arranging the testing room

           l   Ensuring that all students have scratch paper

           l   Ensuring accommodations are assigned correctly and provided during testing, including
               headphones for students assigned Text-to-Speech

           l   Distributing Student Test Tickets to students at the time of testing

           l   Restricting electronic devices of any type (smart phones, cell phones, PDAs, wristwatches
               with electronic displays, calculators, iPods®, MP3 players, etc.). These devices should be
               placed into secure storage, or into student backpacks, and kept elsewhere throughout the
               test.

           l   Administering the NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science tests, as
               outlined in this manual

           l   Monitoring the test session in the Proctor interface

           l   Prohibiting talking or sharing of responses

           l   Returning all test materials, such as test tickets, to the School Test Coordinator when testing
               is complete

           l   Adhering to all security requirements

       Prepare students for testing by informing them of the scheduled tests in advance. Explain to the
       students why they are being tested and how the results will be used. Students can sense the
       importance the Proctor places on the tests, and their performance may be affected accordingly.
       Students should realize that doing their best is important.

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Prepare Testing Location
       Good organization of test materials and well-executed procedures will help the administration
       proceed smoothly. The following guidelines are recommended:
           l   Provide a testing location that has comfortable seating, sufficient workspace, and good
               lighting.

           l   Arrangements for rooms and seating should be announced in advance in order to eliminate
               confusion when testing begins. The room where students take the test should be as free from
               outside disturbance as possible.

           l   Students should be seated so they have enough room and will not be able to view other
               students’ computer monitors.

           l   Visual aids and clues should be removed or covered and remain hidden throughout the
               administration of all tests.

           l   A “Testing in Progress” sign should be posted on the door to prevent interruptions.

           l   For larger groups, it is advisable to have one adult assistant for every 12 students testing, in
               addition to the Proctor.

           l   Write the test session name and password where students can see them.

       Student Test Tickets
       The NSCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science tests require one Student Test
       Ticket per student. The information on the test ticket will be used for all tests for that student. Student
       Test Tickets are printed from the Comprehensive Assessment Platform. Please refer to the Proctor
       Guide for additional information about how to print tickets. The information on the Student Test
       Ticket is critical and confidential.
       Proctors should:
           l   review the individual Student Test Tickets for accuracy;

           l   distribute the Student Test Tickets to students and verify that each student has received his or
               her unique ticket;

           l   ensure students enter information from their tickets correctly when logging in to the test;

           l   in between test sessions, collect test tickets and securely store them for the next test session;

           l   upon completion of all tests, return all Student Test Tickets to the School Test Coordinator for
               secure disposal.

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Monitoring Test Sessions
       A primary responsibility of Proctors is to monitor test sessions during administration within the online
       Proctor environment. This allows Proctors to see student progress as they make their way through
       the test session and assist them as needed.
       Test Proctors will be able to monitor all student activity directly through the Proctor Console within
       the CAP. For more information on the features available to Proctors, please see the Proctor Guide.

       Testing Availability
       The hours that summative testing can take place are between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central
       Standard Time (CST). Students that begin testing before 7:00 p.m. CST may complete their tests
       after 7:00 p.m. CST. However, if at any point they exit or are exited from the test after 7:00 p.m.
       CST, they will not be able to resume summative testing until the next day.

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Part 5—Test Administration Instructions
       Administration of the NSCAS is an important professional responsibility. The usefulness of the test
       results depends on the accuracy of each student’s performance. Experience shows that student
       performance is highly dependent upon the student’s motivation and attitude toward the test, the
       preparedness of the Proctor, the physical arrangements for testing, and adherence to instructions.
       To ensure accurate and reliable results, the Proctor must become thoroughly familiar with the
       procedures described in this manual before administering the test.
       Distribute Student Test Tickets to students after they are seated at computers to take the test.
       The Student Test Tickets provide part of the login information needed to begin testing. Please verify
       each student receives his or her correct Student Test Ticket (student name is on each ticket). You
       will also need to write the session name and password where students can see them.
       As a reminder: Once a test is started during test administration, only the student taking the
       test is allowed to view that student’s screen. No one is allowed to view or copy items.
       Before students arrive—Log in to CAP and start the test session from the Proctor Console.
       Details are in the Proctor Guide.
       When the test session is started—Follow the script appropriate to each subject:
           l   Instructions for NSCAS English Language Arts on page 22

           l   Instructions for NSCAS Mathematics on page 26

           l   Instructions for NSCAS Science on page 30

       In order to ensure accurate achievement results, it is essential that all Proctors follow the same
       procedures when administering the tests.

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Instructions for NSCAS English Language Arts
       Read aloud word for word the material that is printed in bold type and preceded by the word
       “SAY.”
       The material that is italicized is information for you and should not be read to the students.
       Read the directions to the students exactly as they are written using a natural tone and manner. If
       you make a mistake in reading a direction, stop and say, "No, perdón. Escucha nuevamente." Then
       read the direction again. Be sure students understand the directions and how to respond. Be careful
       not to inadvertently give hints or clues that indicate an answer. Begin the test when all students are
       present.

        SAY: Hoy realizarás la Evaluación sumativa de Artes del Lenguaje Inglés del Sistema de
             Evaluación Centrado en el Alumno del Estado de Nebraska (NSCAS). Esfuérzate al
             máximo en la prueba. Algunas preguntas serán sencillas, otras serán más
             complicadas. Asegúrate de leer con atención la pregunta en su totalidad y TODAS
             las opciones de respuesta. Si no sabes la respuesta a una pregunta, usa tus
             mejores estrategias a la hora de tomar exámenes para eliminar algunas de las
             opciones. Luego elige la mejor respuesta entre las opciones restantes. No olvides
             que no pierdes puntos por tratar de adivinar. Debes contestar cada pregunta antes
             de que puedas pasar a la siguiente pregunta y no podrás volver atrás después de
             contestar una pregunta.
              Puedes usar papel borrador en esta prueba.
              No hay límite de tiempo en la prueba y tendrás tiempo para terminar.
              Si necesitas ayuda una vez que la prueba haya comenzado, levanta la mano y el
              supervisor maestro se acercará. El supervisor maestro no puede darte
              información adicional durante la prueba. El supervisor maestro no puede aclarar
              palabras que no entiendas.
              ¿Tienes preguntas?

       Answer all questions. When all students are ready, continue.

        SAY: Empezaremos por acceder a la página de la prueba.
               Windows™ desktop:          –or–     Mac® desktop:                  –or–     Chromebook™ or
                                                                                           iPad® :
               Desde el menú de                    Haz doble clic en el icono              Esto abrirá la
               Start (Inicio),                     del navegador NWEA                      aplicación de
               selecciona el                       Secure Testing (Pruebas                 NWEA Secure
               navegador NWEA                      Seguras de NWEA) en la                  Testing (Pruebas
               Secure Testing                      pantalla de tu escritorio.              Seguras de
               (Pruebas Seguras de                                                         NWEA).
               NWEA).
              Deberías ver en tu pantalla la página para iniciar sesión. ¿Hay alguien que no
              pueda ver la página de inicio de sesión?

       Assist students as needed.

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Next, students enter the Test Session Name and Session Password from your Proctor Console.
       You should have already written it on a board for all students to see.

        SAY: Introduce el Nombre de sesión (Session Name) y la Contraseña de sesión (Session
             Password) exactamente como las ves escritas. Haz clic en la flecha para pasar a la
             siguiente página.

       Next, students enter the IDs from their Student Test Tickets.

        SAY: Ahora teclea tu Número de identificación de estudiante (State Student ID) y tu
             Código de estudiante (Student Code) exactamente como los ves en tu boleto de
             admisión a la prueba (Student Test Ticket).

       Assist students as needed, but do not type in any information for them. Only students that
       experience extreme difficulty may have an adult type the information into the computer. This
       information is unique to each student.

        SAY: Haz clic en la flecha para pasar a la siguiente pantalla.
              Todos deberán ver ahora la Página de Verificación del Alumno (Student
              Verification Page). En esta página debería aparecer tu nombre. ¿Todos ven su
              nombre?

       Assist students as needed.

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SAY: Verifica que la información que aparece en la pantalla corresponde con la
             información de tu boleto de admisión a la prueba (Student Test Ticket). ¿Es
             correcta esta información?

       Assist students as needed.

        SAY: Esta prueba incluirá distintos tipos de preguntas. Algunas de las preguntas están
             basadas en una o dos pasajes. Puede que tengas que desplazar la página hacia
             abajo para leer los pasajes más largos. En las preguntas de opción múltiple se te
             pedirá que selecciones una respuesta entre cuatro opciones. En las preguntas de
             selección múltiple se te pedirá que selecciones varias respuestas correctas entre
             cinco o más opciones.
              Algunas preguntas tienen dos partes: Parte A y Parte B. Cada parte tiene una
              pregunta de opción múltiple o de selección múltiple. En algunas preguntas se te
              pedirá que elabores una respuesta siguiendo las instrucciones que se te dan. Para
              contestar estas preguntas avanzadas, sigue las instrucciones de cada pregunta.
              En la pantalla de la computadora, solo se mostrará una pregunta a la vez.
                l   Las herramientas en la parte superior de la pantalla pueden ayudarte a
                    responder la pregunta.

                l   Usa la herramienta Pointer (Puntero) para seleccionar o cambiar tu respuesta.

                l   Para ayudarte durante la prueba, usa las herramientas como Answer Eliminator
                    (Eliminador de respuestas), Highlighter (Resaltador), Eraser (Borrador),
                    NotePad (Bloc de notas), Zoom y Line Reader (Lector de líneas).

                l   Para pasar a la siguiente pregunta, haz clic en Siguiente (Next). No podrás
                    volver atrás a las preguntas ya contestadas ni saltarte preguntas. Debes
                    contestar todas las preguntas.

                l   Si necesitas levantarte de la computadora, levanta la mano y pídele al
                    supervisor que pause tu prueba. El supervisor reanudará la prueba cuando
                    vuelvas. Si no estás delante de tu computadora durante más de 10 minutos,
                    necesitarás volver a iniciar sesión.

                l   Esta prueba no tiene límite de tiempo. Sabrás que has terminado la prueba
                    cuando veas en la pantalla el mensaje: "Felicitaciones, has terminado la
                    prueba" (Congratulations, you have finished the test).

              Cuando termines la sesión, permanece sentado en silencio o lee un libro hasta que
              el supervisor maestro dé más instrucciones.
              ¿Tienes preguntas?

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Assist all questions. When all students are ready, continue.

        SAY: Voy a darte acceso para que puedas empezar la prueba. Cuando estés listo/a, haz
             clic en la flecha para empezar la prueba.

       While students are working, walk around the room to see that they are following directions and that
       they are not looking at any other students' tests. For the Summative assessment, the content of all
       passages and items are secure and should not be read by anyone but the student taking the
       assessment. Do not read or give help on specific test questions. As students complete the test,
       please follow your school’s plan for dismissing students.
       Also use the controls provided in the Proctor Console to monitor testing, pause testing, and use
       other controls. See the Proctor Guide.
       At the end of testing, collect test tickets from students and either securely store them for the next test
       session or give them to the School Test Coordinator to be destroyed. Scratch paper should also be
       collected and given to the School Test Coordinator for secure disposal.

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Instructions for NSCAS Mathematics
       Read aloud word for word the material that is printed in bold type and preceded by the word
       “SAY.”
       The material that is italicized is information for you and should not be read to the students.
       Read the directions to the students exactly as they are written using a natural tone and manner. If
       you make a mistake in reading a direction, stop and say, "No, perdón. Escucha nuevamente." Then
       read the direction again. Be sure students understand the directions and how to respond. Be careful
       not to inadvertently give hints or clues that indicate an answer. Begin the test when all students are
       present.

          Note: A printed Mathematics Reference Sheet must be provided for grades 4 and up (available
          from https://community.nwea.org/community/nebraska). These should be printed and available
          for students for when they begin testing.

        SAY: Hoy realizarás la Evaluación sumativa de Matemáticas del Sistema de Evaluación
             Centrado en el Alumno del Estado de Nebraska (NSCAS). Esfuérzate al máximo en
             la prueba. Algunas preguntas serán sencillas, otras serán más complicadas.
             Asegúrate de leer con atención la pregunta en su totalidad y TODAS las opciones
             de respuesta. Si no sabes la respuesta a una pregunta, usa tus mejores estrategias
             a la hora de tomar exámenes para eliminar algunas de las opciones. Luego elige la
             mejor respuesta entre las opciones restantes. No olvides que no pierdes puntos
             por tratar de adivinar. Debes contestar cada pregunta antes de que puedas pasar a
             la siguiente pregunta y no podrás volver atrás después de contestar una pregunta.
              No hay límite de tiempo en la prueba y tendrás tiempo para terminar.
              Puedes usar papel borrador en esta prueba.
              Read to grades 3 to 5:

                l   No puedes usar calculadora en esta prueba.
              Read to grades 6 to 8:

                l   Podrás utilizar la calculadora SOLAMENTE en algunas preguntas, cuando
                    aparezca en la parte superior de la pantalla. NO puedes usar calculadora para
                    ninguna otra pregunta del resto de la prueba.

              Si necesitas ayuda una vez que la prueba haya comenzado, levanta la mano y el
              supervisor maestro se acercará. El supervisor maestro no puede darte
              información adicional durante la prueba. El supervisor maestro no puede aclarar
              palabras que no entiendas.

              ¿Tienes preguntas?

       Answer all questions. When all students are ready, continue.

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SAY: Empezaremos por acceder a la página de la prueba.
               Windows™ desktop:          –or–     Mac® desktop:                –or–   Chromebook™ or
                                                                                       iPad® :
               Desde el menú de                    Haz doble clic en el icono          Esto abrirá la
               Start (Inicio),                     del navegador NWEA                  aplicación de
               selecciona el                       Secure Testing (Pruebas             NWEA Secure
               navegador NWEA                      Seguras de NWEA) en la              Testing (Pruebas
               Secure Testing                      pantalla de tu escritorio.          Seguras de
               (Pruebas Seguras de                                                     NWEA).
               NWEA).
              Deberías ver en tu pantalla la página para iniciar sesión. ¿Hay alguien que no
              pueda ver la página de inicio de sesión?

       Assist students as needed.
       Next, students enter the Test Session Name and Session Password from your Proctor Console.
       You should have already written it on a board for all students to see.

        SAY: Introduce el Nombre de sesión (Session Name) y la Contraseña de sesión (Session
             Password) exactamente como las ves escritas. Haz clic en la flecha para pasar a la
             siguiente página.

       Next, students enter the IDs from their Student Test Tickets.

        SAY: Ahora teclea tu Número de identificación de estudiante (State Student ID) y tu
             Código de estudiante (Student Code) exactamente como los ves en tu boleto de
             admisión a la prueba (Student Test Ticket).

       Assist students as needed, but do not type in any information for them. Only students that
       experience extreme difficulty may have an adult type the information into the computer. This
       information is unique to each student.

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SAY: Haz clic en la flecha para pasar a la siguiente pantalla.
              Todos deberán ver ahora la Página de Verificación del Alumno (Student
              Verification Page). En esta página debería aparecer tu nombre. ¿Todos ven su
              nombre?

       Assist students as needed.

        SAY: Verifica que la información que aparece en la pantalla corresponde con la
             información de tu boleto de admisión a la prueba (Student Test Ticket). ¿Es
             correcta esta información?

       Assist students as needed.

        SAY: Esta evaluación incluirá distintos tipos de preguntas. En las preguntas de opción
             múltiple se te pedirá que selecciones una respuesta entre cuatro opciones. En las
             preguntas de selección múltiple se te pedirá que selecciones varias respuestas
             correctas entre cinco o más opciones.

              En algunas preguntas se te pedirá que elabores una respuesta siguiendo las
              instrucciones que se te dan. Para contestar estas preguntas avanzadas, sigue las
              instrucciones de cada pregunta. Algunas preguntas tienen dos partes: Parte A y
              Parte B. Cada parte tiene una pregunta de opción múltiple, selección múltiple o
              avanzada. Solo aparecerá una pregunta o una pregunta con dos partes en la
              pantalla a la vez.
                l   Las herramientas en la parte superior de la pantalla pueden ayudarte a
                    responder la pregunta.

                l   Usa la herramienta Pointer (Puntero) para seleccionar o cambiar tu respuesta.

                l   Para ayudarte durante la prueba, usa las herramientas como el Answer
                    Eliminator (Eliminador de respuestas), Highlighter (Resaltador), Eraser
                    (Borrador), NotePad (Bloc de notas), Zoom, Line Reader (Lector de líneas),
                    Protractor (transportador) y Ruler (Regla).

                l   Para pasar a la siguiente pregunta, haz clic en Siguiente (Next). No podrás
                    volver atrás a las preguntas ya contestadas ni saltarte preguntas. Debes
                    contestar todas las preguntas.

                l   Si necesitas levantarte de la computadora, levanta la mano y pídele al
                    supervisor que pause tu prueba. El supervisor reanudará la prueba cuando

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vuelvas. Si no estás delante de tu computadora durante más de 10 minutos,
                    necesitarás volver a iniciar sesión.

                l   Esta prueba no tiene límite de tiempo. Sabrás que has terminado la prueba
                    cuando veas en la pantalla el mensaje: "Felicitaciones, has terminado la
                    prueba" (Congratulations, you have finished the test).

              Read to Grades 4 and up only:

                l   Te proporcionaremos una Hoja de Referencia de Matemáticas para que la uses.
                    Puedes consultar esta página en cualquier momento durante la prueba.

              Cuando termines la sesión, permanece sentado en silencio o lee un libro hasta que
              el supervisor dé más instrucciones.
              ¿Tienes preguntas?

       Assist all questions. When all students are ready, continue.

        SAY: Voy a darte acceso para que puedas empezar la prueba. Cuando estés listo/a, haz
             clic en la flecha para empezar la prueba.

       While students are working, walk around the room to see that they are following directions and that
       they are not looking at any other students' tests. For the Summative assessment, the content of all
       passages and items are secure and should not be read by anyone but the student taking the
       assessment. Do not read or give help on specific test questions. As students complete the test,
       please follow your school’s plan for dismissing students.
       Also use the controls provided in the Proctor Console to monitor testing, pause testing, and use
       other controls. See the Proctor Guide.
       At the end of testing, collect test tickets from students and either securely store them for the next test
       session or give them to the School Test Coordinator to be destroyed. Scratch paper should also be
       collected and given to the School Test Coordinator for secure disposal.

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