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In September 2013, PARCC updated detailed guidelines around the technology specifications for PARCC assessments.
Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 3.0 : 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.
Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 3.0 updates, and therefore supersedes, the Version 2.1 document previously released in February 2013.
Updates in this version include:
The PARCC System Check Tool for TestNav was designed to help district and school technology personnel begin to assess their overall technology readiness for computer-based testing. This tool includes two tabs, the first addresses computer readiness and the second looks at network infrastructure readiness. The functions of each tab are detailed below.
Detailed device requirements can be found here.
In March 2013, PARCC released the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance issued in preparation for the Spring 2014 Field Test and the school year 2014-2015 assessment. This tool, an Excel Spreadsheet (.xlsx format), 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.
The PARCC Capacity Planning Tool allows schools to model different levels of testing windows, devices, simultaneous test-takers by grade level, and bandwidth demands, and to check their current and planned strategies against several “rule of thumb” models for determining test-taking configurations and student to device ratio targets.
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. As available, further information will be posted to this parcconline.org/technology page.
Minimum Guidelines for New Hardware Purchases
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.