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Technology Readiness Tool and the Smarter Balanced Assessments

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 11:18 am

Technology Readiness Tool and the Smarter Balanced Assessments

On December 4, 2012, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released its Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications.

From the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium announcement:

This framework provides two levels of technology specifications: minimum requirements for existing devices and recommended guidelines for new purchases. Students using technology that meets only the minimum specifications may experience periods of slowness during the assessment, while technology consistent with the recommended guidelines will likely result in a more fluid testing experience.

In addition to the hardware and bandwidth requirements, eligible devices must also have a 10" class screen, a mechanical keyboard, headphones, wired or wireless Internet access, and administrative tools to temporarily disable features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration. The technology specifications apply only to the Smarter Balanced assessments and should not be considered minimum specifications to support instruction, which may require additional technology.

Please visit the link below for complete text of the announcement:

Find out more about the Technology Readiness Tool on the OPI Web site at

For more information, contact Jael Prezeau, (406) 444-3128