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TRT Basic Steps

The basic steps on using the Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Tool (TRT).

The Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) helps schools determine if they have sufficient technology to administer Smarter Balanced assessments. More details on using the TRT can be found on the Technology Readiness Tool page.

Step 1: Log onto the TRT System

The Web address of the TRT system is http://www.techreadiness.net External link opens in new window or tab. . Many district IT directors already have user accounts for the TRT. To determine if you already have a user account, go to the main log on page, and select the "Reset Password" link. Enter your e-mail address in the Username and Email fields. Select the Request Password Reset button. If you have an account, you'll receive an e-mail with instructions on resetting your password. If you don't have an account, you'll receive an error that the username/email combination is not valid. In this case, send an e-mail to sbac-itreadiness@cde.ca.gov to request a TRT account. Please include the district name or independent charter school name. Accounts for non-independent charter schools are maintained by the district office.

Step 2: Add Devices

To add devices for a school, hover over the Setup menu, and then select the Device Inventory Management option.

To add devices using the Web form method, mark the checkbox next to "New Devices" in the Tasks section. Select the Start Tasks button to bring up the New Devices form. The required fields are:

To add devices using the file import method, select the "Device Import/Export" link in the Tasks section. Reference the Import File Layouts page for information on the layout of the comma-separated-value (CSV) file that is required to import device data.

Step 3: Answer School Readiness Survey Questions

To answer the school readiness survey questions, hover over the Setup menu, and then select the School Readiness Survey Questions option.

To answer the survey questions using the Web form method, mark the checkbox next to the school for which you want to answer the survey questions. Mark the checkbox next to "School Readiness Survey Questions" in the Tasks section. Select the Start Tasks button to bring up the survey questions form. The required fields are:

To answer survey questions using the file import method, select the "School Survey Import/Export" link in the Tasks section. Reference the Import File Layouts page for information on the layout of the comma-separated-value (CSV) file that is required to import school readiness survey data.

Step 4: Mark Data Entry Complete

After the devices are entered and the school readiness survey questions are answered, you are ready to mark the school as complete. Hover over the Setup menu, and then select the Mark Data Entry Complete option.

Mark the checkbox next to the school (or multiple schools) for which you want to mark as complete. Mark the checkbox next to "Mark Data Entry Complete" in the Tasks section. Select the Start Tasks button to bring up the Mark Data Entry Complete form.

To mark a school as complete, mark the checkbox to the left of the CDS Code value. The checkbox will be disabled if required data are missing. The Errors column will indicate the fields that need to be updated. Select the Save button to complete the process.

Note: "atypical data" warnings are noted in the Errors column. However, the checkbox next to the school is enabled, and so the school can still be marked as complete.

Step 5 (optional): Check Reports

The reports in the TRT are generated every hour on the hour. Hover over the Results & Indicators menu, and then select one of the reports listed. The Overall Readiness Indicators report will provide a good overview of a school's technology readiness. A "what if" calculator is also available on this report so you can experiment with different variables that are used in the readiness calculations.

Need Help?

The following resources can provide assistance using the Technology Readiness Tool:

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