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PARCC Technology Guidelines

Updated January 2015 – Final Version for spring 2015 testing Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 4.4 (PDF)

The document provides minimum and recommended specifications for computer hardware, input devices, and security requirements; and suggests recommended levels of bandwidth that will support schools instructional and assessment needs. Schools, districts, and states can use these guidelines to determine the eligibility of existing computers as test-taking devices for the 2014-2015 PARCC assessments.

The free TestNav App is required for Chromebooks and iPad and Android tablets (search for TestNav on the Android app store).

The SystemCheck Tool allows customers to validate that their testing workstations meet the minimum requirements needed to run TestNav for computer-based assessments, and to evaluate bandwidth capacity for Internet and Proctor Caching connections.
PARCC SystemCheck Tool for TestNav

To access the SystemCheck Tool click the link below:

The SystemCheck Tool allows customers to validate that their testing workstations meet the minimum requirements needed to run TestNav for computer-based assessments, and to evaluate bandwidth capacity for Internet and Proctor Caching connections.

School Readiness Planning

To access the School Readiness Planning document(s) click the appropriate link(s) below:

In February 2014, PARCC released an updated version of the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance in preparation for the 2014-2015 operational assessment. This tool is designed to assist district and school leaders in identifying gaps in assessment administration capacity, including computer-based test taking devices and bandwidth, and exploring possible scenarios for addressing those gaps. Printable PDF versions are provided below for review purposes. 

Recommended Guidelines for New Hardware Purchases

Minimum guidelines for new hardware purchases include the following:

Form Factors

Desktops, laptops, netbooks, thin clients, and tablets that meet the hardware and operating system specifications with a wired or wireless (not cellular) internet connection

Hardware

  • 1 Ghz or faster processor 
  • 1 GB RAM or greater memory 
  • 9.7 inch (10 inch class) or larger screen size 
  • 1024 x 768 or better screen resolution

Operating System

  • Windows 7 
  • Windows 8 
  • Windows 8.1 
  • Chrome OS (Chromebook) 
  • Apple iOS 6, 7 or 8
  • Mac 10.8, 10.9 or 10.10
  • Android Lollipop

 

State Strategies for Funding and Supporting the Transition to Computer-Based Assessments

PARCC also released PARCC Technology Transitions - Lessons from the Field, a white paper that presents a variety of strategies states are taking to build technology capacity, including how states can leverage currently existing federal funding streams as well as specific state-developed strategies. 

 
 

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