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In spring 2014, the PARCC Field Test will be administered to over one million students across PARCC states. The purpose of this page is to assist schools in determining whether they have the capacity to administer PARCC’s computer-based field tests. On this site, schools will find information about the types of devices that students can use to take the field tests and the amount of bandwidth that will be required to support online testing. This site also provides a Technology Readiness Quick Start Checklist, which schools and districts can use as a quick guide to help determine whether schools have the technology capacity to administer the PARCC Field Test.
In most cases, an individual school will have between one and six classrooms of students participating in the Field Test. Schools will have three weeks to test students for the Performance-Based Assessment and four weeks to administer the End-of-Year Assessment (for field testing administration windows, please see www.parcconline.org/field-test). As a result, the number of students taking an assessment at any given time is relatively small. Therefore, the technology capacity level required for the Field Test is much less than will be needed for the first PARCC administration in 2014-2015. Even schools with relatively few computers and limited access to the Internet should be able to participate in the Field Test.
Schools should refer to the Technology Guidance for 2014 PARCC Field Test Participation to help determine their capacity to administer PARCC’s computer-based field tests in the spring 2014. Key components of this document include:
For the full list of device specifications and accommodations available during the PARCC Field Test, download the Full Technology Specifications for 2014 PARCC Field Test Participation.
Technology Readiness Quick Start Checklist
Most schools across PARCC states will have adequate technology capacity to participate in the PARCC Field Test. As a quick check of readiness, districts and/or schools should complete the following steps:
NUMBER OF TEST TAKERS:
Estimate the maximum number of students that will be testing at one time. Consider how the school might schedule classes of students for field testing. This may be multiple classrooms at a time over a shorter period, or only one class at a time — or even half a class at a time—over the course of the full testing window. Districts/schools will have flexibility to match their schedule to their computer capacity as long as they can complete the field tests within the testing window.
AVAILABLE DEVICES:Identify the school computers that will be available for testing. Review the PARCC Technology Guidelines and verify that there will be an adequate number of school computers that meet PARCC minimum specifications to cover the largest number of students that will be testing at one time. If there seems to be a gap, schools can consider dividing classes into smaller groups to test at different times using the available computers throughout the testing window.
Plan to use Proctor Caching and have at least 5 kbps of bandwidth for each student testing at the same time.
ORPlan for at least 50 kbps of bandwidth for each student connecting to the Internet for testing at the same time.
Optimally, when evaluating technology readiness, schools should engage their school technology coordinator, in addition to their district technology coordinator or State PARCC Technology Readiness Coordinator. In the rare instance that a school thinks it might not have adequate technology for Field Test, please contact Pearson for further details, as well as strategy suggestions for leveraging existing technology capacity: [email protected].