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Getting Ready for Smarter Balanced Assessment: Technology Readiness Tool

Monday, April 30, 2012, 11:46 am
Technology Readiness Tool Pilot

The move to online assessments gives rise to a distinctive set of opportunities for school technology. The Technology Readiness online tool (TRT) will give Montana schools a convenient way to capture and report on indicators of their technology readiness for the Smarter Balanced Assessments. All of the information captured through the TRT will help inform plans and priorities to have the technology in place for students to take the Smarter Balanced assessments when they are fully implemented in 2015.

The Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) assesses current capacity and compares that to the technology that will be needed to administer the new online assessments in four areas:
1. Computers and other devices
2. Ratio of devices to test-takers
3. Network and infrastructure
4. Personnel (staffing and training)

Five districts will be piloting the use of the TRT to help determine the time commitment and any technical support issues that districts may encounter. The pilot districts are Bozeman, Cascade, Ekalaka, Lewistown and Montana City.

Please visit the Getting Ready page on the OPI website for more information about the TRT and the Smarter Balanced assessments.

For more information, contact Colet Bartow, 444-3583