Wednesday, January 2, 2013

PARCC Computer Requirements

The PARCC technical requirements have been released and I have to say I am a little concerned. Laying the Foundation delivered over 85,000 online assessments in schools grades 6-12 last year and it was not easy but we did it.   Scheduling computer labs, bandwidth, access, outdates software and security made this a very difficult implementation.

We are 18 months away from Common Core implementation and school budgets are still lean.  Are all districts going to be able to put this in place? I think they can but they have to start now!

PARCC Technology Guidelines

Minimum Specifications
Minimum Specifications address the oldest operating systems and lowest levels of hardware capacity that can reasonably be compatible with PARCC computer-based assessments in 2014-2015.
  • Minimum Specifications apply to existing school technology inventories.
  • Computers meeting the Minimum Specifications can be considered as satisfying PARCC
    guidelines for 2014-2015.
    Considerations regarding computers meeting, but not exceeding, minimum specifications:
  • Computers with these minimum specifications may not be adequate beyond the second year
    of PARCC assessments in 2015-2016. PARCC recommends that schools upgrade or replace computers with older operating systems and lower memory capacities to Recommended Specifications levels as soon as possible.
  • Computers that meet only the Minimum Specifications will be compatible with the PARCC assessment delivery platform, but are more likely to experience slower performance than higher capacity computers.

    Recommended Specifications
    Recommended Specifications outline the levels of computer and network capacity that are more likely to meet growing demands for school technology that supports learning, assessment, and administrative uses simultaneously across classrooms.
  • Recommended Specifications apply to both existing inventory and new hardware purchases.
  • Computers meeting the Recommended Specifications can be expected to satisfy PARCC
    guidelines through the 2018-2019 school year.