PARCC Technology Guidelines

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PARCC Technology Guidelines

Version 2.0/December 21, 2012 PDF icon

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. It does not yet set minimum bandwidth specifications. Schools, districts, and states can use these guidelines to determine the eligibility of existing computers as test-taking devices for the 2014-15 PARCC assessments.

The information in this document is intended to answer questions about whether existing computer inventories and new instructional hardware that schools may purchase as they implement the Common Core States Standards, will also meet PARCC’s 2014-15 requirements for the online test.

Smaller tablets (screen size less than 9.5”), e-readers, and smart phones will not be supported and will not be compatible with PARCC assessments for 2014-2015.


Minimum bandwidth requirements will be determined based on the final selection of the PARCC assessment delivery platform and the level of multimedia and technology enhanced items in the final assessment design. PARCC will provide minimum specifications by October 2013.

As schools plan for PARCC assessments concurrent with enhancing bandwidth to support instructional needs, PARCC is modeling recommended specifications on those advanced by the State Educational Technology Directors Association in its May 2012 publication The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to
Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs (

PARCC online assessments bandwidth specifications as of Dec. 21, 2012

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments Version 2.0 refines, and therefore supersedes, the Version 1.0 document previously released in April 2012.

Current updates and additional information are available at:

Data Extraction Dates

  • Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Friday, December 13, 2013
  • Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Monday, August 18, 2014

These data reports will be used by the Smarter Balance and PARCC Consortia to better assess and understand the dimensions of technology readiness at the state, district and school levels.