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12/6/2012 8:54:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Technology and System Requirements

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing computers will support the administration of the assessment system in the 2014-15 school year.

The framework was developed with input and feedback from Smarter Balanced member states, work groups, and data from the Technology Readiness Tool, an online inventory of technology resources launched in 2012. Based on the research and data analysis, Smarter Balanced estimates that the majority of schools and districts in member states will be able to successfully administer the assessments with their existing infrastructure.

The requirements apply only to the Smarter Balanced assessments and should not be considered minimum specifications to support instruction, which may require additional technology. In addition, all hardware choices should consider the individual needs of students. Some students may need hardware that exceeds these minimum guidelines, and some students may require qualitatively different hardware.

In April 2012, Smarter Balanced published New Hardware Purchasing Guidelines to ensure that new instructional technology purchases are compatible with the assessment system. These guidelines are superseded by comprehensive minimum requirements for new purchases that are part of the Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications above.
  1. Hardware Purchasing Guidelines (PDF)
    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SmarterBalanced_NewHardwareGuidelines.pdf PDF

  2. Hardware Purchasing Guidelines FAQs (PDF)
    http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/SmarterBalanced_NewHardwareGuidelines_FAQ.pdf PDF

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