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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction March 22, 2012 Jose Ortega Rodney Okamoto SMARTER Balanced.

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1 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction March 22, 2012 Jose Ortega Rodney Okamoto SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium IT Readiness Tool Rollout

2 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2 The SBAC Goals To develop a set of comprehensive and innovative assessments for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards Students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching The assessments shall be operational across Consortium states in the school year

3 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Nationwide Assessment 3 27 states representing 43% of K-12 students 21 governing, 6 advisory states

4 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Using Computer Adaptive Technology for Summative and Interim Assessments Turnaround in weeks compared to months today Faster results Fewer questions compared to fixed form tests Shorter test length Provides accurate measurements of student growth over time Increased precision Item difficulty based on student responses Tailored to student ability Larger item banks mean that not all students receive the same questions Greater security GMAT, GRE, COMPASS (ACT), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Mature technology

5 TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Logical Components 5

6 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Technology Background Students will take SBAC assessments using some type of computing device Teachers will administer the assessments using some type of computing device A connection to the Internet will be required (i.e. Web-based system) Some test items will use multimedia content (possible Internet bandwidth issue) 6

7 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction Technology Background “Technology-enhanced” test items will require a certain level of software on the computers Testing devices must be able to support accessibility features Decision on use of tablet computers (e.g. iPads) has not been made due to test comparability and security concerns 7

8 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction IT Readiness Tool Online Web application that collects information on the current Information Technology at the school-level First data collection will be used as an inventory for baseline purposes to help determine the minimum system requirements and shape system features Areas: devices, devices to tester ratio, network infrastructure, and staff and personnel readiness 8

9 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction IT Readiness Tool 38 LEAs have been selected to pilot the tool (thank you TTSC!) Pilot LEAs will help CDE by providing feedback on using the tool Pilot period will be from March 20 to April 9 Rest of LEAs may start using the tool from April 16 Data needs to be submitted by June 14 Subsequent data collections will occur each spring and fall through

10 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction IT Readiness Tool Automated data collection plus manual survey Manual entry for device section uses Java runtime environment to determine computer specifications Batch Import and Device Cloning options available Input information for computers expected to be available for online testing in

11 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction IT Readiness Tool Initial Data Collection Elements 11

12 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction How Do I Access the Tool? Web-based system is at CDE will create a “district-admin” user for each district A system-generated will be sent with instructions on setting an eight character password District-admin user can create users at district and school levels CDE will preload school names for each district 12

13 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction What Computers Do I Count? Count any computing device that you anticipate will be used for student assessments in Count PCs, Macs, netbooks, and tablets Count computers that are purchased, but not deployed Do not count computers that will be surplused by “Count when in doubt…” Batch import and device cloning available in system 13

14 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction What are the Minimum System Requirements? Not known at this time since the Test Administration and Test Delivery components have not been developed Results of first IT Readiness data collection will dictate minimum requirement decisions Latest estimate is late summer

15 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction What Reports Will Be Available? After April 9, district summary reports will be available Limited reports will be available for the first data collection since minimum system requirements have not been identified 15

16 CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction TOM TORLAKSON State Superintendent of Public Instruction What’s Next? Identify the computers you will be entering into the system Collect internal network and Internet connectivity speed/utilization information for each school Reference the Tech Readiness Tool information (import file layouts, FAQs, etc) posted on the CDE SBAC Web page at District superintendent will receive a system- generated with instructions on setting the initial password (est. April 16) 16


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