The best way to know how students are doing is to check for learning. Testing helps students see what they have learned and where they can get better. It also helps our teachers understand what worked and where they can improve.
Millard’s Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation organizes testing and research for the district. The department is key to Millard’s ongoing strength because it allows teachers and staff to make decisions informed by data.
NSCAS: Millard students take a variety of assessments throughout their school years. All students take the state test known as NSCAS. This stands for the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System. The Nebraska Department of Education compiles these results by schools for the Nebraska Education Profile, also known as the NEP. The NEP profiles every district in the state and every school within each district. Click here to explore the NEP.
MAP: Millard also gives the MAP test, or Measures of Academic Progress. This is a testing tool that we are finding very motivational for students. The MAP test is given three times a year. Students get immediate results, and it maps those results against how the student did on previous tests. Students are in competition with themselves for their best possible personal score. Teachers help students set MAP goals and work toward them.
ACT: All Millard students will take the ACT in the spring of their junior year. Along with being the state test for all juniors, the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge helps juniors meet college application requirements and can lead to possible scholarships for those with qualifying scores.
For a description of all of Millard’s assessments, look through our brochure Understanding Millard Public Schools Assessments. This publication is updated each year and is available in multiple languages.