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SBAC Technology Readiness Tool Spring 2012 Summary

A statewide summary of the information collected by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Technology Readiness Tool for the Spring 2012 data collection window.

The Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) collects school-level information technology information to help the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and member states evaluate the technology at schools as it relates to the Smarter Balanced online student assessment system.

The first data collection window (Spring 2012) was open from April 16, 2012 until June 30, 2012. The data collected in the window will be used as a baseline inventory to help the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium determine the minimum system requirements for existing devices for using the Smarter Balanced system. The data are self-reported, unverified, and unaudited.

In California, 4,377 schools (42%) representing 456 districts submitted complete TRT information. An additional 1,237 schools submitted partial information. The district submission status report (XLS) shows the school completion percentage for each district in California.

The following information summarizes some of the data elements collected by the TRT for California schools. The Devices File Import Layout and School Survey File Import Layout Web pages provide descriptions for each of the data elements collected by the TRT.

Device Operating System

Total schools reporting device operating system information: 5,153 (representing 507 districts)

Total devices with operating system information: 613,996

Operating System
Number of Devices
Percentage
Android 3.x 42 0.01%
Android 4.x 27 less than 0.01%
Android Other 20 less than 0.01%
Google Chrome 993 0.16%
iOS 4.x 1,282 0.21%
iOS 5.x 16,564 2.70%
iOS Other 424 0.07%
Linux Fedora 54 0.01%
Linux Other 106 0.02%
Linux Ubuntu 5,665 0.92%
Mac OS 10.1-10.5 67,561 11.00%
Mac OS 10.6-10.7 57,443 9.36%
Mac Other 2,397 0.39%
Other OS 2,322 0.38%
Windows 7 123,488 20.11%

Windows 8

68 0.01%
Windows Other 10,299 1.68%
Windows Vista 6,438 1.05%
Windows XP 318,803 51.92%

Device Type

Total devices with type information: 495,193

Device Type Number of Devices Percentage
Desktop 333,559 67.36%
Laptop 94,914 19.17%
Netbook 27,859 5.63%
Other 4,077 0.82%
Tablet 17,144 3.46%
Thin Client 17,640 3.56%

Device Memory

Total devices with memory information: 594,518

Memory
Number of Devices
Percentage
Less than 512 MB
35,315
5.94%
512 MB
94,966
15.97%
1 GB
170,376
28.66%
2 GB
179,405
30.28%
3 GB
29,893
5.03%
4 GB
74,511
12.53%
5 GB
286
0.05%
6 GB
1,295
0.22%
7 GB
62
0.01%
8 GB
3,987
0.67%
More than 8 GB
4,422
0.74%

Device Display Size

Total Devices with display size information: 482,794

Display size Number of Devices Percentage
less than 9"
6,945
1.44%
9" to 12"
49,025
10.15%
13" to 16"
153,262
31.74%
17" to 19"
233,115
48.28%
20" to 24"
39,571
8.20%
25" to 27"
653
0.14%
Greater than 27"
223
0.05%

Device Screen Resolution

Total devices with screen resolution information: 549,665

Resolution Number of Devices Percentage
Less than 800 x 600
2,189
0.40%
800 x 600
28,886
5.26%
1024 x 768
258,981
47.12%
1280 x 800
56,314
10.25%
1280 x 1024
101,584
18.48%
1366 x 768
27,983
5.09%
1440 x 900
27,638
5.03%
1600 x 1200
4,338
0.79%
1680 x 1050
26,067
4.74%
1920 x 1080
9,615
1.75%
1920 x 1200
2,550
0.46%
2048 x 1536
2,885
0.52%
Greater or Equal to 2560 x 1600
635
0.12%

Internet Bandwidth

Total schools report Internet Bandwidth information: 5,166 (representing 476 districts)

Note: if a school's bandwidth did not match one of the static choices, the school selected the nearest choice without exceeding the bandwidth value.

Bandwidth Number of Devices Percentage
Less than 2 Mbps
792
15.33%
10 Mbps
990
19.16%
11 Mbps - wireless
42
0.81%
44 Mbps
257
4.97%
54 Mbps - wireless
61
1.18%
100 Mbps
1,552
30.04%
155 Mbps
226
4.37%
600 Mbps
7
0.14%
622 Mbps
55
1.06%
1 Gbps
1,170
22.65%
2.5 Gbps
1
0.02%
10 Gbps
10
0.19%
Greater than 10 Gbps
3
0.06%

Internet Utilization

Total schools reporting Internet Utilization information: 4,820

Average utilization: 31%*

Utilization Number of Devices Percentage
25% or less
2,341
48.57%
26%-50%
1,146
23.78%
51%-89%
852
17.68%
90%-100%*
481*
10.00%*

* responses of 90%-100% utilization were not used in average utilization calculation due to the likely incorrect interpretation of question

Staff/Personnel issues & Roadblocks Survey Questions

The six school-level survey questions will assist SBAC and individual states understand the “readiness” of schools from a staff and personnel standpoint. The answers rank the following items from zero to ten in regards to level of concern.

1) Having a sufficient number of test administrators to support online testing.

Total schools responding: 4,248

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
518
12.19%
1
85
2.00%
2
150
3.53%
3
234
5.51%
4
90
2.12%
5 - Neutral
845
19.89%
6
187
4.40%
7
550
12.95%
8
399
9.36%
9
120
2.82%
10 - Extreme Concern
696
16.38%
98 - Not applicable
32
0.75%
99 - Don't know
342
8.05%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
1077
27.80%
5 - Neutral
845
21.81%
6 - 10
1,952
50.39%
2) Test administrators having sufficient technical understanding to support online testing.

Total schools responding: 4.274

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
229
5.36%
1
60
1.40%
2
82
1.92%
3
123
2.88%
4
91
2.13%
5 - Neutral
608
14.23%
6
347
8.12%
7
580
13.57%
8
759
17.76%
9
177
4.14%
10 - Extreme Concern
858
20.07%
98 - Not applicable
31
0.73%
99 - Don't know
329
7.70%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
585
14.95%
5 - Neutral
608
15.53%
6 - 10
2,721
69.52%
3) Providing all appropriate training needed for test administrators.

Total schools responding: 4,270

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
259
6.07%
1
51
1.19%
2
119
2.79%
3
201
4.71%
4
92
2.15%
5 - Neutral
719
16.84%
6
358
8.38%
7
502
11.76%
8
614
14.38%
9
200
4.68%
10 - Extreme Concern
810
18.97%
98 - Not applicable
30
0.70%
99 - Don't know
315
7.38%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
722
18.39%
5 - Neutral
719
18.32%
6 - 10
2,484
63.29%
4) Having a sufficient number of technology support staff to support online testing.

Total schools responding: 4,282

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
267
6.24%
1
135
3.15%
2
104
2.43%
3
122
2.85%
4
80
1.87%
5 - Neutral
393
9.18%
6
182
4.25%
7
405
9.46%
8
765
17.87%
9
178
4.16%
10 - Extreme Concern
1,370
31.99%
98 - Not applicable
33
0.77%
99 - Don't know
248
5.79%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
708
17.70%
5 - Neutral
393
9.82%
6 - 10
2,900
72.48%
5) Technology support staff having sufficient technical understanding to support online testing.

Total schools responding: 4,280

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
754
17.62%
1
143
3.34%
2
239
5.58%
3
291
6.80%
4
171
4.00%
5 - Neutral
693
16.19%
6
334
7.80%
7
328
7.66%
8
345
8.06%
9
89
2.08%
10 - Extreme Concern
577
13.48%
98 - Not applicable
34
0.79%
99 - Don't know
282
6.59%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
1,598
40.31%
5 - Neutral
693
17.48%
6 - 10
1,673
42.21%
6) Providing all appropriate training needed for technology support staff.

Total schools responding: 4,282

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - Not a Concern
603
14.08%
1
113
2.64%
2
151
3.53%
3
317
7.40%
4
94
2.20%
5 - Neutral
824
19.24%
6
177
4.13%
7
465
10.86%
8
445
10.39%
9
110
2.57%
10 - Extreme Concern
641
14.97%
98 - Not applicable
35
0.82%
99 - Don't know
307
7.17%

Grouped by Level of Concern

Level of Concern Number of Schools Percentage
0 - 4
1,278
32.44%
5 - Neutral
824
20.91%
6 - 10
1,838
46.65%
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