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In February 2014, PARCC updated detailed guidelines around the technology specifications for PARCC assessments.

 

Technology Guidelines For PARCC Assessments: Version 4.2
(Updated May 2014)

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 4.2 : 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.

 
PARCC System Check Tool for TestNav (Released November 2013)  

The SystemCheck Tool allows customers to validate that their testing workstations meet the minimum requirements needed to run TestNav for the Field Test and evaluate bandwidth capacity for Internet and Proctor Caching connections. An updated tool will be available by August 2014 for the Year One Operational Assessment.

 

School Readiness Planning

In February 2014, PARCC released an updated version of the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance issued 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. Calculations need to be performed in the Interactive Version.

As assessment development progresses, PARCC will continue to issue increasingly detailed guidance and online tools to help schools evaluate and prepare their assessment technology infrastructure. 

 

Field Test Resources

PARCC has created resources to help technology coordinators at schools and districts prepare for 2014 PARCC Field Test. To access these resources which include technology specifications, Field Test manuals and user guides, set up tools, and field test training modules, please visit: 

 

Recommended Guidelines for New Hardware Purchases

Minimum guidelines for new hardware purchases include the following:

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 or 7
  • Mac 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9

Networking

  • Wired or wireless internet connection

Device Type

  • Desktops, laptops, netbooks, thin clients, and tablets that meet the hardware, operating system and networking specifications

 

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

PARCC also released 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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