As High-Stakes Online Testing Approaches, Will Your iPads Work?
To understand what's out there in school districts today in the way of computers to use for online assessments, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium jointly contracted with Pearson to develop a technology readiness tool, an open source utility that maintains an inventory of a district's current capacity and compares that to technology needed to administer the online tests in four areas: devices, ratio of device to test taker, network infrastructure, and staff and personnel. The results of that initial survey effort, which is being performed within every consortia state, district, and school, were expected to be released in August, if not publicly, at least to participating organizations.
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