Nevada Standardized Test Prep

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Nevada Standardized Test Prep

Nevada Proficiency Examination Program

About Nevada Standardized Testing and Reporting (NPEP)

Standardized Test Preparation

Are your children preparing to take Nevada standardized tests? Students enrolled in Nevada public and charter schools participate in the Nevada Proficiency Examination Program (NPEP), which administers proficiency exams to students in third grade through high school. These Nevada standardized tests assess reading, math, science, and writing proficiency with the goal of providing actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve school performance. Nevada standardized tests are also used to determine Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

Time4Learning, an online service that teaches many of the skills that these exams test, offers this page to help you understand Nevada school testing and how you can help your children prepare.

Nevada Standardized Tests at a Glance

Nevada students take the following NPEP tests:

Third to Eighth Grades
Students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade take the Nevada Criterion Referenced Tests in Reading and Math, which are aligned to Nevada State Standards for their grade. The Nevada CRT tests measure how well your child has learned the subject matter studied. Your student only competes against him or herself, and will be scored on one of four levels: emergent/developing; approaches standard; meets standard; or exceeds standard.

Fifth Grade and Eighth Grade
Students in 5th grade and 8th grade take two additional tests: Nevada CRT proficiency test in Science and the Nevada Proficiency Exam in Writing.

Other Nevada Proficiency Exams

High school students take the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) in all subjects and must pass in order to graduate. Nevada also annually administers the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) to all students who are identified as “Limited English Proficient.” Children with special needs may be eligible to take the Nevada Alternate Scales of Academic Achievement (NASAA). Annually, Nevada participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation’s Report Card, where a sampling of Nevada students (from fourth grade, eighth grade, and/or 12th grade) are tested in several content areas as part of a nationally representative assessment of student performance.

In the past, Nevada also administered norm-referenced tests that measure how students are performing compared with their peers nationwide. These tests—the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) for elementary grades and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) for high school—have been temporarily suspended for school years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, due to concerns about over-testing and use of resources.

Preparing for The Nevada Proficiency Examination Program

For general tips on test preparation, please visit our standardized test overview page. The real preparation for NPEP, and all standardized tests that assess a wide range of fundamental skills, is a long-term program of strong education. Many families make special efforts to help their students, which should start with being sure that students are doing their homework and reading on a daily basis. In addition, many families involve tutors or use an online learning program such as Time4Learning. In addition to building fundamental skills, many families also use test prep programs or books to help their students become familiar with the format of the tests, to learn test taking strategies (when to guess, when not to), to get used to the time restrictions, and to learn some strategies for questions. For instance, many test prep programs teach students when faced with a reading passage followed by comprehension questions, to scan the questions prior to reading the passage so that you can pay special attention to the areas that are addressed by questions. Time4Learning is not a test prep program, it is a program that builds the skills that will be tested.

Time4Learning is a new approach that takes advantage of today’s technology. It’s a convenient, online home education program that combines learning with fun educational teaching games.

The online language arts and math comprise a comprehensive program for preschool, elementary school, and middle school. Science and social studies programs are provided as a free bonus for most grades.

Kids like using the computer to learn and to develop their skills. Time4Learning’s educational teaching games give students independence as they progress at their own pace.

Parents like that it tracks progress and helps kids advance by teaching through individualized learning paths that assure mastery of the skills and concepts that makes kids succeed.

Have a child with math and reading skills at different grade levels? No problem, just tell us in the online registration process.

Time4Learning is proven effective, has a low monthly price, and provides a money-back guarantee so you can be sure that it works for your family, risk free!

For more information and resources on Nevada Education, visit:

Nevada Department of Education

Nevada Homeschooling Information

Nevada State Parent Forum