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3/6/2013 11:11:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Technology Requirements

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications (http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/) 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.

Operating Systems for which the Smarter Balanced Assessments will be available:
  • All the current OAKS supported systems (Mac, Linux, Windows), plus:
  • Thin Clients
  • Chrome Books
  • Android/iPad/Windows based tablets

Note: All students will need to have headphones (earbuds) due to Claim 3 (Listening and Speaking) items on the ELA assessments. Students will also need access to headphones (earbuds) in order to access Text-to-Speech (Math and ELA).
(http://www.smarterbalanced.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/12Hardware-Operating-Systems-Infographic.pdf PDF)

Smarter Balanced Assessment Technology Requirement Clarification
At this time, neither microphones nor stylus devices have been identified as necessary input devices for the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced assessme. However, Smarter Balanced anticipates integrating manipulative media and interactive data elements for students as a means to generate more authentic input capacities. These advancements will ultimately help to capture predominant reasoning, drafting, revising, and general formative thinking processes taken by students when approaching solutions to various test items.

Smarter Balanced anticipates that by 2016-17 school year, up to 25 percent of the mathematics assessment will comprise of items/tasks requiring student-produced illustrations or calculations. As such, in 2016-17, students will need access to a tablet (or other touch-based device) that employs a stylus for user input. Additional information about the Smarter Balanced Technology requirements is available at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/ (including hardware and software purchasing guidelines).

Technology Readiness Tool Update
The Technology Readiness Tool is designed to support states as they transition to next-generation assessments. Since March 2012, State Readiness Coordinators have been working with districts and schools to collect baseline data on key readiness indicators.

ODE would like to thank districts and schools that were successful in uploading school specific device and school survey information. As a reminder for those who have not entered data, the Technology Readiness Tool remains open, and ODE encourages districts and schools to continue to add and/or update their information. These details will help the consortium to finalize minimum requirements for technology infrastructures and form the baseline for subsequent gap analyses for determination of readiness for the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Below you will find a schedule of anticipated extraction dates. These dates represent the times when a snapshot will be created. Future Data Extraction Dates:
  • Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Friday, December 13, 2013
  • Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Monday, August 18, 2014

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