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SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium IT Readiness Tool Rollout. March 22, 2012 Jose Ortega Rodney Okamoto. The SBAC Goals.

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the sbac goals
The SBAC Goals

To develop a set of comprehensive and innovativeassessments for grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards

Students leave high school prepared for postsecondary success in college or a career through increased student learning and improved teaching

The assessments shall be operational across Consortium states in the 2014-15 school year

nationwide assessment
Nationwide Assessment

27 states representing 43% of K-12 students

21 governing, 6 advisory states

using computer adaptive technology for summative and interim assessments
Using Computer Adaptive Technology for Summative and Interim Assessments

Faster results

  • Turnaround in weeks compared to months today

Shorter test length

  • Fewer questions compared to fixed form tests

Increased precision

  • Provides accurate measurements of student growth over time

Tailored to student ability

  • Item difficulty based on student responses

Greater security

  • Larger item banks mean that not all students receive the same questions

Mature technology

  • GMAT, GRE, COMPASS (ACT), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
technology background
Technology Background

Students will take SBAC assessments using some type of computing device

Teachers will administer the assessments using some type of computing device

A connection to the Internet will be required (i.e. Web-based system)

Some test items will use multimedia content (possible Internet bandwidth issue)


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Technology Background

“Technology-enhanced” test items will require a certain level of software on the computers

Testing devices must be able to support accessibility features

Decision on use of tablet computers (e.g. iPads) has not been made due to test comparability and security concerns


it readiness tool
IT Readiness Tool

Online Web application that collects information on the current Information Technology at the school-level

First data collection will be used as an inventory for baseline purposes to help determine the minimum system requirements and shape system features

Areas: devices, devices to tester ratio, network infrastructure, and staff and personnel readiness


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IT Readiness Tool

38 LEAs have been selected to pilot the tool (thank you TTSC!)

Pilot LEAs will help CDE by providing feedback on using the tool

Pilot period will be from March 20 to April 9

Rest of LEAs may start using the tool from April 16

Data needs to be submitted by June 14

Subsequent data collections will occur each spring and fall through 2014


it readiness tool2
IT Readiness Tool

Automated data collection plus manual survey

Manual entry for device section uses Java runtime environment to determine computer specifications

Batch Import and Device Cloning options available

Input information for computers expected to be available for online testing in 2014



IT Readiness Tool

Initial Data Collection Elements


how do i access the tool
How Do I Access the Tool?

Web-based system is at

CDE will create a “district-admin” user for each district

A system-generated e-mail will be sent with instructions on setting an eight character password

District-admin user can create users at district and school levels

CDE will preload school names for each district


what computers do i count
What Computers Do I Count?

Count any computing device that you anticipate will be used for student assessments in 2014-15

Count PCs, Macs, netbooks, and tablets

Count computers that are purchased, but not deployed

Do not count computers that will be surplused by 2014-15

“Count when in doubt…”

Batch import and device cloning available in system


what are the minimum system requirements
What are the Minimum System Requirements?

Not known at this time since the Test Administration and Test Delivery components have not been developed

Results of first IT Readiness data collection will dictate minimum requirement decisions

Latest estimate is late summer 2012


what reports will be available
What Reports Will Be Available?

After April 9, district summary reports will be available

Limited reports will be available for the first data collection since minimum system requirements have not been identified


what s next
What’s Next?

Identify the computers you will be entering into the system

Collect internal network and Internet connectivity speed/utilization information for each school

Reference the Tech Readiness Tool information (import file layouts, FAQs, etc) posted on the CDE SBAC Web page at

District superintendent will receive a system-generated e-mail with instructions on setting the initial password (est. April 16)