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Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Resources

Information to assist districts to prepare technology resources for computer-based assessments.
Technology Resources

Technology Strategy Framework and Testing Device Requirements External link opens in new window or tab.
The minimum and recommended student testing device and network bandwidth requirements for Smarter Balanced assessments.

Bandwidth Checker External link opens in new window or tab.
This tool helps local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that they have sufficient bandwidth and browser capabilities to run the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Ed-Tech Ecosystems 2013 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Information from the California K-12 High Speed Network to help districts and schools make information technology investment decisions that best align with their expectations for teachers and students.

Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program and Statewide Connectivity Report External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) program and statewide connectivity report administered by the K12HSN in accordance with Senate Bill 852, which allocates $26.7 million for these projects.

Network Capacity Worksheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
A worksheet from the California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) to document the network bandwidth needed from classroom to school wing, to school site, to district office, and to K12HSN node site.

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator External link opens in new window or tab.
This Web-based calculator is used to estimate the number of days and network bandwidth required to complete the assessments given the number of students, number of computers, and number of hours per day computers are available for testing at the school.

Secure Browsers External link opens in new window or tab.
For the 2014–2015 testing administration, a secure browser must be installed on each computer or tablet that will be used for student testing.

2015 Estimated Testing Times External link opens in new window or tab.
Describes the approximate times that will be required to complete each portion of the Smarter Balanced summative tests for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These tests are not timed and times will vary.

Technology Reminders
List of technology reminders to prepare an LEA for the test administration of the Smarter Balanced Online Summative Assessments.

Data Readiness Resources

California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)
CALPADS is the authoritative source for student demographics, enrollment, and program data which is used for the student test registration system, known as the Test Operations Management System (TOMS).

CALPADS and California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Integration External link opens in new window or tab.
This Webinar provides local educational agencies (LEAs) information on how to prepare CALPADS data for the student test registration system and provides a list of the data elements being sent to TOMS.

Information Technology Coordinator Updates
Contains current and past Information Technology (IT) Coordinator Updates which are intended to provide IT Coordinators technology related information regarding the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

Questions:   Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness | sbac-itreadiness@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-1214
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 24, 2016
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