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1 State Technology: Readiness for Testing

2  South Carolina is a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  The consortium will offer tests in Grades 3-8 and 11 English and mathematics, assessing the Common Core curriculum.  After field-testing in 2014, operational testing will begin in Spring, 2015.

3  Initially, Smarter Balanced assessments will be available in either online or paper-and-pencil formats.  By 2018, the assessments will only be delivered online, in computer- adaptive (CAT) format.  States, districts, and schools need to be aware of the minimum technology requirements to accomplish this type of testing and how their organization measures up to those requirements.

4  The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate their network capability and which of their existing computers will support the administration of the SBAC online assessment in the school year.

5  The framework and specifications were developed with input and feedback from Smarter Balanced member states, work groups, and data from the Technology Readiness Tool (TRT), an online inventory of technology resources launched in 2012, which is administered by Pearson.

6 The TRT consists of online survey software that assesses current capacity in four areas and compares that to the technology that will be needed to administer the new online assessments. Those areas are: 1. Computers & other devices 2. Ratio of devices to test-takers 3. Network and infrastructure 4. Personnel (staffing & training)

7  The survey is organized hierarchically. There is a State Readiness Survey Coordinator. Districts have a Survey Administrator. Schools have Survey Users.  Data are input at the school level, and then can be aggregated at the district and state levels.

8  The TRT automatically produces a series of Readiness Reports for states, districts, and schools; all are available online.  The reports are based on data entered at the school/district level.  The reports are now revised hourly as data are updated.  Data can be downloaded as.csv files and used to produce customized reports at the state or local level.

9  Device Indicators Device Indicators Results show the percentage of devices that meet requirements  Device to Test-Taker Indicators Device to Test-Taker Indicators Results show the percentage of students who can be tested with available devices in the available time  Network Indicators Network Indicators Results show the percentage of bandwidth currently available to test the maximum number of simultaneous test-takers  Staff & Personnel Report Staff & Personnel Report Results show concerns about staff and personnel readiness

10  Overall Readiness Indicators Overall Readiness Indicators Results show the percent of overall readiness indicators that meet requirements.  School Exception Report School Exception Report Results show data for schools that may have incomplete or missing data  Completion Status Completion Status Results show schools that have indicated data are submitted and ready for review and verification

11  Periodically, data are summarized for the consortium and its various component organizations and reported as a “Snapshot”; a broad picture of readiness at that point in time.  The last one was taken on June 14th.  Another snapshot is scheduled for mid-December.

12  Ideally, TRT data are updated by schools as file content changes (e.g., new devices are added, software is upgraded, bandwidth is expanded, etc.)  It is desirable for the data to be as up-to- date as possible for the snapshots.  That is particularly true of the mid- December snapshot, as policy decisions are likely to be made at that time.

13  The district administrator can grant access to district and school personnel as needed to enter, edit, or review data.  If you would like to review the data for your district (at the district or school level), this is the person you should see.

14 1. District/school infrastructure 2. Number/capability of district/school technical personnel 3. Number of devices meeting SBAC requirements 4. Number of test sessions required (i.e., four times the number of students enrolled in tested grades) 5. Length of the testing window (i.e., how many days of testing?) 6. Number of sessions per day

15 Category % Meeting Minimum Requirements % Meeting Recommended Requirements Device Indicators (% of Devices) 6533 Devices to Test-Taker Indicators (% of Students) 6241 Network Indicators (% of Students) 50 Source: Technology Readiness Tool website; data as of 8/30/13

16 % of Students that Can Be Tested in Window Number of Districts* 0 to 25 † to to to Source: Technology Readiness Tool website; data as of 8/30/13 † Includes organizations with missing data * The TRT website shows SC with 89 districts(aka “Parent Organizations,” including special cases such as Palmetto Unified and DJJ

17 Number of Testing Weeks Percent of Schools Ready – Minimum Requirements Percent of Schools Ready – Recommended Requirements Ready: The school has a sufficient number of satisfactory computers to administer Smarter Balanced tests to all students online. Session: A student taking either an ELA or mathematics test. Each student will need four sessions (two for ELA and two for mathematics). Source: Technology Readiness Tool website; data as of 8/30/13.

18 Number of Testing Weeks Percent of Schools Ready – Minimum Requirements Percent of Schools Ready – Recommended Requirements Ready: The school has a sufficient number of satisfactory computers to administer Smarter Balanced tests to all students online. Session: A student taking either an ELA or mathematics test. Each student will need four sessions (two for ELA and two for mathematics). Source: Technology Readiness Tool website; data as of 8/30/13.

19  Information about technology requirements for the Smarter Balanced consortium tests can be found on their website at: balanced-assessments/technology/. balanced-assessments/technology/  Anyone can access this website, although some content is password- restricted.

20  The TRT can be accessed at  This site requires a username and password (available from your district readiness administrator).  Directions and guides are available on the site, in particular, the “Understanding & Interpreting Reports Guide”.

21 Questions? Joe Saunders State Readiness Survey Coordinator Office of Assessment


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