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PARCC Technology Guidelines. from September 2013 Update. General Guidelines. Technology Guidelines Version 3.0. Bandwidth Recommendations. School Bandwidth for Testing. Desktop/Laptop Specifications. Desktop/Laptop Specifications (continued). Tablet Specifications.

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Parcc technology guidelines

PARCC Technology Guidelines

from September 2013 Update

General guidelines
General Guidelines

Technology Guidelines Version 3.0

Parcc field test
PARCC Field Test

Technology Requirements as of September 2013

Testnav 8 0 2
TestNav 8.0.2

Hardware and Software requirements

Software requirements tablets
Software Requirements (tablets)

  • The TestNav 8 app for iOS is in development. It is required for secure testing. Until the app is ready, the Safari browser can be used for tests that do not require locking down the device.

Browser dependencies
Browser Dependencies

  • Java runtime plugin version 1.5 and higher

  • Pop-ups for Pearson sites

  • Local File access to home directory

Firewall proxy servers content filtering
Firewall / Proxy Servers / Content Filtering

  • When using Proctoring Caching, the following must be opened in any firewalls, proxy servers, or software that is used for internet content filtering:

    • URL:Port




  • Note for Mac 10.6: In certain situations when the parental control is on and the user attempts to connect to SSL sites, the automatic Internet content filter on Mac 10.6 workstations may block the domain. To resolve this, set the parental control to “Always Allow” the domain.

  • Accessibility features
    Accessibility Features

    PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual Sept 2013


    • PARCC technology-based assessments, accessibility features are tools or preferences that are either built into the assessment system or provided externally by test administrators. Accessibility features can be used by any student taking the PARCC assessments (i.e., students with and without disabilities). Since the accessibility features are intended for all students, they are not classified as accommodations. Students should be exposed to these features prior to testing, and should have the opportunity to select and practice using them. Accessibility features are intended to benefit a wide range of students, and are available to any student at his or her discretion during testing.

    Parcc accessibility system
    PARCC Accessibility System

    Features for All Students

    Tools embedded

    Accessibility Features for All Students

    Identified in advance



    What are presentation accommodations
    What are Presentation Accommodations?

    • Presentation accommodations alter the method or format used to administer a PARCC assessment to a student, including auditory, tactile, visual, and/or a combination of these, rather than having the student take the test in the same format as other students. For students taking computer-delivered assessments, all presentation accommodations must be identified in advance by a student’s PNP (during the test registration process).

    Proposed presentation accommodations for students with disabilities
    Proposed Presentation Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    Proposed presentation accommodations for students with disabilities1
    Proposed Presentation Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    What are response accommodations
    What are Response Accommodations?

    • Response accommodations allow students to use alternative methods to provide responses to test items, such as through dictating to a scribe or using an assistive device. For students taking computer-delivered assessments, all response accommodations must be identified in advance by a student’s PNP (during the test registration process).

    Proposed response accommodations for students with disabilities
    Proposed Response Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    Parcc field test1
    PARCC Field Test

    Accessibility features

    Https www techreadiness net

    What does a red missing on a report mean
    What does a red “(missing)” on a report mean?

    • If “(missing)” is indicated on a report, there is School Readiness Survey or Device information that has not yet been provided by the district or school. Only after this data is added for the specific school or organization can the Technology Readiness Tool calculations provide non-zero readiness results. Actions: you will need to lookup the original value of the data field that is showing "missing" in either School Survey or Device data. Once found, the value most likely will show "blank", and you will need to provide that missing value.

    • Reports will update within an hour of submission.

    Parcc assessment capacity planning tool
    PARCC Assessment Capacity Planning Tool

    Dynamic learning maps dlm
    Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

    System Technology Specifications (August 2013)

    Minimum specifications computers laptops
    Minimum Specifications(Computers, Laptops)


    • Update your district’s/school’s TRT – make sure to keep it updated

    • Watch for requests for information (speed tests, quick responses to infrastructure information, etc.)

    • Make sure you are on your LTC listserv

    • ConnectED / E-Rate / technology plans – if grant opportunities become available, be ready to participate

    Parting thought
    Parting Thought…

    • It is with some caution that I encourage you to “wait until next year!” With the start of mass testing under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), everything will not be magically different then. However, I think that the bar will be raised for the use of technology. That will affect us all, probably in a good way. - Craig Williams, Digital Learning Environments Blog