The Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) is a web-based application designed to (a) help schools and districts identify their current technology infrastructure and (b) assist the states and Consortia in determining what next steps will best prepare schools and districts for a successful transition to online testing. This tool will collect local data to determine technology readiness for online assessments and provide gap analysis. The first data collection window (April – June 2012) was to collect easily-accessible baseline data, and local personnel will be requested to update the information collected by the tool in each subsequent window.
The TRT Measures of Operational Readiness will be derived from the collective evaluation of data captured at the local (school) level and rolled up in reports to districts, state, and consortia levels. This new open source tool assesses current capacity and compares that to the technology that will be needed to administer the new online assessment in four areas – devices, device to test-taker ratio, network infrastructure, and staff and personnel. Readiness is measure along these dimensions:
- Degree to which hardware and software (devices) at the school level meet the minimum requirements set by each of the consortia.
- Adequate ratio of test taking devices to test takers within a prescribed time table.
- Sufficient bandwidth to handle the expected volume of traffic and content.
- Availability of human resources to handle staffing and training to support the process.
Future 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.
Smarter Balanced and PARCC Issue Guidance for New Instructional Technology Purchases
Both assessment consortia released guidelines for some of the technology requirements for the Race to the Top assessments recently. This is the first of several sets of guidelines that the consortia will release between now and the first administration of the tests in the 2014-15 school year. A second set of guidelines regarding legacy systems and broadband is scheduled to be released after the consortia analyze the results of the first iteration of the Technology Readiness Tool. Each consortium has a variety of caveats associated with the guidelines. For the complete PARCC guidelines, go to http://www.parcconline.org/technology.