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PARCC Technology Readiness pptTechnology readinessMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education1DevicesPeopleInfrastructureDevicesSupportTest AdministrationExternalInternalAdequate DevicesSchool StaffNumber of TestersNumber of SeatsTest WindowInternet BandwidthInternal Network (WAN)Wi-FiDevice specificationsRefer to the Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments, Version 5.1, at http://www.parcconline.org/technologyHas specifications for Windows, MAC, and Chromebook devices, Linux machines, iPads, and Android tabletsProvides minimum and recommended specifications:Minimum specs: Devices can be used this spring (2016); might not be usable beyond spring 2016Recommended specs: Devices can be used in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; projected by PARCC to meet the minimum specs in 2018-19Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education2Determining # of devices for testingMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education3StepsConsiderationsExampleOver how many days will you give the test?The maximum amount of days in the testing window is 205How many sessions will you give per day?Schools give 2-3 sessions per day2How many testing sessions do you have available?Multiply the # of days in your testing window by the # of sessions/day10How many students are you testing?This is the enrollment count across tested grades100What is the max # sessions per tested student?At most, students sit for 7 sessions7What is the total # of seats needed for testing?Multiply # of tested students by # of sessions per tested student above700What is the total # of devices needed for testing?Divide total # of seats above by total # of sessions available in #3 above70NOTE: This model yields the minimum # of devices for online testing. Schools may want to adjust figures to account for different grade configurations and simultaneous grade level testing, or use the PARCC Rule of Thumb described in the Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments.Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education3Infrastructure and bandwidth recommendationsRefer to the Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments, Version 5.1, at http://www.parcconline.org/technologyProctor-caching (offline testing) is strongly recommended to ensure an uninterrupted testing experience, minimize data loss, and maximize # of simultaneous test-takers.Bandwidth demand of test sessions (per student):Minimum w/caching: 5 kilobits per secondMinimum w/o caching: 50 kbpsRecommended for instruction + assessment: 100 kbpsSETDA target for 2017-18: 1,000 kbpsBandwidth available for testing must account for common school technology activities such as email, web browsing, online learning, audio/video streaming, etc.Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education4Changes from spring 2015 to spring 2016Phased out:Operating systems: Windows Vista/XP, MacOS 10.6, iOS 7Browser versions: Internet Explorer 9/10, Safari 5.x, Google Chrome (all versions)Java versions: 1.6, 1.7Phased in:Installable TestNav app for desktops & laptops eliminates dependency on external browsers (both installable & browser-based versions support Mac OS X & Windows)New TestNav home screen designHeadphones required for ELA/LLarger screen size for ELA/L constructed responseSpell check available for ELA/L responsesEnd of session review screen for students: can flag/review unanswered itemsMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education5Preparing students & staff for online testingRefer to http://parcc.pearson.com/Provide plenty of opportunities across the curriculum for students to gain fluency with computers and digital toolsMassachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education6PearsonAccessnextTechnology SetupManuals & TrainingTest PreparationBulletinsSupportGeneral Navigation SkillsUsing navigation buttonsBrowsing tabs/windowsKeyboarding, etc.Universal Access FeaturesUsing glossariesText-to-speechMasking answers, etc.General AnsweringUsing line readers/guidesSelecting hot spotsHighlighting text, etc.Math ToolsManipulating objectsUnderstanding simulationsEditing equations, etc.

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