PARCC Technology Guidelines

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments – Version 2.1 February 2013
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 2014-215 PARCC assessments.

Updates in this version include:

  • Clarification about the minimum RAM for iPads running iOS 6.
  • Clarifications about the requirements for input devices including touchscreens and Bluetooth/wireless keyboards.
  • Clarification about screen resolution requirements.

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 2.1 refines, and therefore supersedes, the Version 2.0 document previously released in December 2012.

Current updates and additional information are available at:

To view the recorded Webinars, install the GoTo Meeting Codec at no charge.

Getting Started with the TechReadiness Tool WebinarJune 4, 2013

Completing Your Data in the TechReadiness Tool WebinarJune 2, 2013

Reviewing and Updating Your Completed Data in the TechReadiness Tool Webinar – May 30, 2013

Data Extraction Dates


  • 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.

Assessment Division 2012-2013 Calendar

Assessment Division 2012-2013 Calendar - updated monthly


Assessment Calendar 2012-2013 (Excel file) (updated 12/05/2012)

The Assessment Calendar includes all critical dates for:

  • AIMS,
  • AIMS A,
  • AZELLA, and
  • NAEP

All dates for November and December 2012, have been confirmed.  Dates for January 2013, through July 2013, are subject to change. This calendar will be updated monthly. Click on the icon above to open the calendar.

For your convenience, this assessment calendar has been provided in an Excel workbook (.xls) format. Once downloaded, select a month to view by opening its corresponding tab located at the bottom of the spreadsheet.  Each month will include dates for all four (4) assessment programs.  For more detailed information for an individual assessment program, you may select the appropriate colored program link inside of the spreadsheet.


Each assessment program is specific by color

AIMS – green

AIMS A – red

AZELLA – blue

NAEP – purple

TechReadiness Tool Data Collection Dates

Tech Readiness Tool logo

Pearson will be extracting the data from the TechReadiness Tool on the following dates (subject to change).

First Collection Saturday, June 30, 2012
Second Collection Friday, December 14, 2012
Third Collection Friday, February 15, 2013
Fourth Collection Friday, June 14, 2013
Fifth Collection Friday, December 13, 2013
Sixth Collection Friday, June 13, 2014
Seventh Collection Monday, August 18, 2014


The Arizona Department of Education in collaboration with a national assessment company, Pearson, WestEd and educators around the state of Arizona, has developed a new test for Arizona’s English Language Learners. This new assessment, the Spring 2013 AZELLA, will align closely with Arizona’s English Language Proficiency “ELP” Standards.

The new AZELLA will be used to assess:

  • Continuing English Language Learners (January and February 2013)
  • Fluent English Proficient (FEP) Year 1 and FEP 2 students (January and February 2013)
  • All grades 1-12 students beginning school year 2013-2014

A brand new assessment, the AZELLA Kindergarten Placement Test will be used for the placement of students into Kindergarten English Language Development classrooms starting at the beginning of school year 2012-2013.

English Language Learners from around the state submitted artwork to be considered for the new AZELLA covers.