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PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT presents Setting up an Infrastructure Trial/ Dress Rehearsal March 12, 2014. Adapted from Pearson training. Goals. Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction What , How, When, Where, Why, How: Questions about Infrastructure Trial

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Setting up an

Infrastructure Trial/ Dress Rehearsal

March 12, 2014

Adapted from Pearson training

  • Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction
    • What , How, When, Where, Why, How: Questions about Infrastructure Trial
  • Communication Plan
    • Importance of district-wide communication
  • Getting Started: Resources
    • Available Training Modules and Manuals
  • Technology Activities: Proctor Caching and SystemCheck for TestNav
    • Activities to complete before an Infrastructure Trial
  • Preparing for an Infrastructure Trial: Using the PARCC Training Center
    • Creating “dummy” students
    • Creating and managing test sessions for an Infrastructure Trial
    • PARCC Support contacts
infrastructure trial dress rehearsal introduction
Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Whatis an Infrastructure Trial?

  • Answer:
  • An Infrastructure Trial is a “dress rehearsal” of a computer-based assessment. It does not use real student information.
  • This is low-stakes, dry run for final confirmation that:
    • TestNav is configured correctly
    • Devices can successfully run TestNav
    • Network will bear the full load
    • Participating staff know what to do for computer-based assessment
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Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Whoshould be involved in an Infrastructure Trial?

  • Answer:
  • Everyone within the LEA and the school who will have a role in the computer-based PARCC assessments should be included in the Infrastructure Trial.
    • Test Coordinators
    • Test Administrators
    • LEA technology staff
    • School technology staff
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Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Wheredo I access the Infrastructure Trial?

  • Answer:
  • The Infrastructure Trial is conducted using the PARCC Training Center at . The PARCC Training Center offers the ability to create “dummy” students in bulk to reduce preparation time for the Infrastructure Trial.
    • Set up login access for your staff
    • Create “dummy” students in PARCC Training Center for the Infrastructure Trial and assign to test sessions
    • Confirm technology setup and configuration using Infrastructure Trial test
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Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Whenis the Infrastructure Trial?

  • Answer:
  • Plan to conduct an Infrastructure Trial only after you have confirmed site and staff readiness.
    • Complete training activities
    • Confirm network and assessment environment configuration
    • Develop a communication plan
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Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Whyis an Infrastructure Trial necessary?

  • Answer:
  • Reviewing set up and communications prior to testing in an Infrastructure Trial can avoid possible problems and delays during the live assessment.
    • Provides practice for all participating users
    • Minimal additional activities are needed to conduct an Infrastructure Trial
    • Students and test results are not affected
    • Provides practice of communication plans to be sure everyone knows who to contact for help
    • Validates device and system configuration set up
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Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal Introduction

Howdo I know when the Infrastructure Trial is complete?

  • Answer:
  • The Infrastructure Trial is complete when you can confirm that you are ready for the computer-based assessment. You may use the trial as needed to confirm readiness.
    • Report progress to district IT staff
    • Ensureconfigurations and environment settings are correct
    • Try again if needed
    • Make changes to communication plan as needed
communication plan
Communication Plan

Communication Plan

communication between staff is critical
Communication between staff is critical

Content Filters




District IT Communications

Important Notices


PARCC Communications

School Testing Staff

LEA Technology Staff

School Technology Staff


Proctor Caching


District IT Communications

Special Alerts

IT-specific and School Coordinator-specific

New Tools

New Processes

White Papers

Important Notices

Pearson Communication

getting started available resources
Getting Started: Available Resources

Getting Started:

Available Resources

getting started available guides and manuals
Getting Started: Available Guides and Manuals

Available Guides and Manuals

  • Materials for School Coordinators and Test Administrators
  • PARCC Test Administrator Manual
  • PARCC Test Coordinator Manual for Computer-Based Testing
  • PARCC PearsonAccess User Guide
  • Infrastructure Trial Readiness Guide
  • Materials for LEA and School Technology Coordinators
  • TestNav 8 User Guide
  • TestNav Proctor Caching Guide
  • Quick Start Guides for TestNav 8 and Proctor Caching
  • Infrastructure Trial Readiness Guide
  • PARCC PearsonAccess User Guide
technology activities phases for site readiness
Technology Activities: Phases for Site Readiness

Technology Activities:

Phases for Site Readiness

phase 1 bandwidth hardware verification
Phase 1: Bandwidth & Hardware Verification
  • SystemCheck validates testing workstations meet the minimum requirements to run TestNav 8.
  • To gather realistic results, SystemCheckshould be run from a student testing machine on the same day of week/time of day as when you anticipate performing online testing.
  • Launch SystemCheck from
  • A
phase 2 assessment environment configuration
Phase 2: Assessment Environment Configuration
  • Phase 2: Assessment Environment Configuration

Assessment Environment Configuration

  • Disable applications that could launch automatically
  • Verify that testing workstations meet minimum requirements
  • Verify that the TestNav content and certificates are trusted on testing workstations.
phase 3 testnav configuration in pearsonaccess
Phase 3:TestNav Configuration in PearsonAccess
  • Phase 3: TestNav Configuration in PearsonAccess

To create and maintain TestNav configurations, log into PearsonAccess and select Configure TestNav from the Test Setup menu

NOTE: A user must have the Technology Staff role assigned to their login id to create TestNav configurations.

phase 4 infrastructure trial dress rehearsal
Phase 4:Infrastructure Trial/Dress Rehearsal

Infrastructure Trial

Once you have completed the first three phases, conduct an Infrastructure Trial for each school in your district and evaluate the outcome.

Make adjustments to devices, networks, and re-train staff if necessary. Make sure that everyone with a role in the computer-based assessment understands what to do and who to contact for assistance.

PARCC Hotline phone number: 234-2175

  • Phase 4: Infrastructure Trial
phase 5 pre administration checklist
Phase 5: Pre-administration Checklist


  • Coordinate computer-based testing with your Internet service provider
  • Validate Phase 1-3 Activities have been completed
  • Pre-cache tests by selecting the Proctor Caching button within the Session Details page if necessary
  • Phase 5: Pre-administration Checklist
using the parcc training center
Using the PARCC Training Center

Preparing for the Infrastructure Trial:

Using the PARCC Training Center

parcc training center log in
PARCC Training Center Log In

The Infrastructure Trial is conducted in the secure PARCC Training Center.

NOTE: If your state currently uses PearsonAccess for other assessments, you will have a separate login and password for the PARCC Training Center and PARCC operational PearsonAccess site. The PARCC logo will be present in the header to help identify the site.

creating dummy students
Creating “Dummy” Students

Create “Dummy” Student Data for Practice

  • Create mock students using the Create Students option from the Student Data menu. Create as many students as needed to represent the number of simultaneous test takers that would be tested on a typical day during the live test window.

Choose the organization (school), create a class (group) name, select the grade, test name, and choose the number of students you would like to create for practice in the organization you have selected.

creating dummy students continued
Creating “Dummy” Students Continued
  • In the PARCC Training Center, new students created using the wizard will automatically be registered for the computer-based test mode of the test selected in the Create Students step.
test management continued
Test Management Continued

Create Test Sessions for Practice

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Test Management Continued

Manage Test Sessions

training center and live pearsonaccess site
Training Center and Live PearsonAccess Site

PARCC Training Center log in

PARCC live assessment site log in

next steps
  • Develop plan and communicate plan
  • Ensure students have practiced using TestNav
  • Coordinate an infrastructure trial at your school
    • District wide trial – 60 minutes
      • Elementary Schools – PBA – March 19
      • Secondary Schools – PBA – April 4
    • Identify and train test administrators
      • Create log-in
      • Procedures for the day
        • Assign students computers
      • Provide copy of infrastructure trial script
    • Prepare test site
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  • Create test sessions
    • Session Name – Use teacher name and room number
    • Use infrastructure monitoring form to identify issues
    • Fax a copy to DTC immediately following trial
      • 490-5724
    • Call DTC or IT with major issues
  • Determine if an additional trial is necessary
  • Plan for Field Test
    • Test Schedules due March 21, 2014
      • Fax to 490-5724
      • Email to LaJuana, Knikiah Banks, Frances Tate and Nikita Henderson


  • PCSSD PARCC Technical Support Line
    • 501-234-2175
  • Test Administration Questions
    • Contact La Juana Green
      • 234-2082
      • 234-2083
      • 234-2084
      • 234-2077
      • 804-9682 – cell
      • 234-5724 – fax
  • All materials will be accessible on Sharepoint
    • Type (do not type www)
    • Click on department tab - Counseling and Testing Services
    • Click on Testing link under Shared Documents
    • Locate PARCC folder