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Smarter Balanced TRT Parameters - Fall 2012

A list of the parameters collected by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) for the fall 2012 data collection.

The Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) assesses each school's current capacity and compares them to the technology that is expected to be required for new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments. The tool collects information in four major areas or dimensions:

Parameters marked with an asterisk (*) denote new parameters for the Fall 2012 data collection window.

Device Specifications Readiness
Parameter Collection Method Required or Optional?
Operating system Auto Required
Processor (Type/Speed/Capacity) Auto Optional
Memory Auto Required
Resolution

Auto

Required
Monitor/Display size Survey Required
Web browser Auto Optional
Wireless connection? Survey Optional
Device type Survey Optional
Assessment environment * Survey Required
Device owner * Survey Required
Device-to-Tester Readiness
Parameter Collection Method Required or Optional?
Number of devices Calculation N/A
Number of students in each grade * Survey - preloaded Required
Maximum number of simultaneous test takers Survey Required
Length of testing window in school days Survey Required
Number of testing sessions per day Survey Required
Ratio of Devices/Testers/Sessions Calculation N/A
School classification * Survey Optional
Network Infrastructure Readiness
Parameter Collection Method Required or Optional?
Maximum Size of Test (Data to be Downloaded) Calculation N/A
Estimated Internet Bandwidth Available Survey Required
Estimated Maximum Network Speed Survey Required
Estimated Network Utilization Survey Required
Number of Wireless Access Points Survey Optional
Ratio: Wireless Devices to Access Points Calculation N/A
Maximum Number of Simultaneous Testers Survey Required
Available Bandwidth for Maximum Number of Testers Calculation N/A
Staff & Personnel Readiness
Parameter Collection Method Required or Optional?
Level of concern: Having a sufficient number of test administrators to support online testing Survey Required
Level of concern: Test administrators having sufficient technical understanding to support online testing Survey Required
Level of concern: Providing all appropriate training needed for test administrators Survey Required
Level of concern: Having a sufficient number of technology support staff to support online testing Survey Required
Level of concern: Technology support staff having sufficient technical understanding to support online testing Survey Required
Level of concern: Providing all appropriate training needed for technology support staff Survey Required
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Collection Method
Description
Auto Tool can automatically capture this information on the computer on which it is run (however data for this parameter may also be uploaded or entered manually).
Survey The data for this parameter can only be provided manually, either by uploading via a batch data import or by entering online in the space provided within the tool.
Calculation The tool will calculate these values based on the data already entered by the user. No data entry is needed for these parameters.
Required Data for these parameters is required in order to report on readiness for online assessments.
Optional Data for these parameters is NOT required to report on readiness, but may be used to further assist in planning for a transition to common core assessments.

Note: Users may clone the data if more than one computer has identical configurations. Also, a file upload option will be available so data can be imported into the tool. The import file layout specifications are available to help you create the import files.

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