Statewide writing to take place in January

January 21, 2011

Since 2004, the Nebraska statewide writing assessment has been annually administered in grades 4, 8, and 11 for the purpose of providing school districts with instructional information and to include writing results as the "other academic indicator" in the federal accountability requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The purpose of the 2011 NeSA-Writing Tests is to assess student progress in mastering basic skills based on Nebraska's writing standards.

The test is to be administered in grades 4 and 8 on two consecutive days during the testing window of January 24-February 11, 2011.

The purpose of the 2011 NeSA-Writing Pilot Test for grade 11 is to provide a pilot experience for students and schools to learn how to use the online system for taking a writing test. Future NeSA-Writing Tests will assess student progress in mastering basic skills based on Nebraska's writing standards.

The pilot testing window for grade 11 is January 31-February 18, 2011.

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