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Are You Ready
for the Common Core
Assessments?
November 13,2013
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Follow us on Twitter @k12blueprint
Visit us at:
http://www.K12Blueprint.com
CCSS resources include:
Common Core Toolkit
...
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Are You Ready for the
Common Core Assessments?
Ingrid Roberson
Alameda County
Office of Ed, CA
Kecia Ray
Nashville Publi...
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Are You Ready for the
Common Core Assessments?
Blanca Duarte
President and Founder
LogicWing, Inc.
Preparing for
Online
Assessments
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Next Generation
Learning requires
Next Generation
Assessments
College and Career Readiness
Online placement tests and en...
New Ways to
Demonstrate Learning
Assessments will include
types of responses such as:
  Technology-enhanced constructed r...
Comprehensive Assessment Consortia
  Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
  Smarter B...
Comprehensive
Assessment
Consortia
Online assessments being developed
by two consortia.
For a list of the states in each
c...
Similarities
  Online assessments for grades 3-8 and
high school in ELA and Math
  Use of a mix of item types, including...
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Instructional Needs
& Technology
Planning
Instructional goals and needs must be
paramount in long-range technology
plan...
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Preparing
Infrastructure
The five main areas to consider for
technical
readiness within infrastructure are:
Network
H...
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Network
Considerations
Sufficient bandwidth
Local network
Wireless network
Internet
Identification and elimination of...
Bandwidth Requirements
PARCC
External connection to the Internet
Minimum with caching -
5kps / student
Minimum without cac...
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Assessing Wireless
Networks
An example of the factors in analyzing
and planning for network readiness:
Successful wir...
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Hardware Considerations
Five year technology refresh cycle vs. test evolution
Device capability: input, network connect...
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Software Considerations
Special software to support testing
Operating systems: support, compatibility, lifespan
Support...
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Proctor Caching - Benefits Students experience fewer
testing delays due to
network congestion
Testing continues if th...
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Staff Considerations
Technology Staff
•  Preparing infrastructure
•  Device selection
•  Availability during testing
Te...
2020
Student
Considerations
Student readiness
Typing
Mouse skills
Touch interface gestures
Experience with computer-based
...
2121
Security
Considerations
Device lockdown
Bluetooth pairing
Key loggers and spyware
Network security
Malware
Denial of ...
PARCC Latest Guidance
Field test section has been added to parcconline.org
Specific tutorials on interactive test elements...
SBAC Latest Guidance
Adaptive delivery has no caching option
Bluetooth considerations
Digital learning library
RFI for del...
Device Considerations
Multiple means of representation, engagement and expression
Users have access to different types of ...
All eligible devices must be able to be “locked down”
Unrestricted Internet access
Still and video cameras
Screen capture ...
Additional Guidance
PARCC
Headphones with Microphone
Keyboard – wired / bluetooth
Mouse or Touchpad
Parcconline.org/techno...
Do:
Start at the source:
PARCCOnline.org
SmarterBalanced.org
Blog: http://www.ofthat.com/
Read about best practices from
o...
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Do:
Stay connected through social media
@PARCCPlace
@educatorleader
#askPARCC Town Hall Series
@SmarterBalanced
Set up ...
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Do:
Create a communication plan
Include parents on the committee
Hold parent workshops
Invest in keyboarding software
B...
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Are You Ready for the
Common Core Assessments?
Kecia Ray
Executive Director of
Learning
Metropolitan Nashville
Public S...
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Kecia Ray
Planning for Success
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools began planning for
success two years ago in partne...
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Kecia Ray
Planning for Success
Key Elements (cont’d)
• Eliminated desktop labs and implemented mobile labs in
classroom...
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Are You Ready for the
Common Core Assessments?
Ingrid Roberson
Professional Expert,
Assessment
Alameda County Office
of...
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What Needs
to Ready?
1.  Network Connectivity
•  What are the assessment and instructional demands being
placed on band...
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Who Needs
to Ready?
1.  Technical Support Personnel
•  Short Term: What support is needed before, during and after
test...
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RESOURCES
for
Learning More
K-12 Center at ETS
Resource for keeping up with next generation assessments
http://www.k12c...
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Thank You
Visit www.k12blueprint.com for resources on planning
technology implementations and personalizing learning.
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  1. 1. 1 LOW Are You Ready for the Common Core Assessments? November 13,2013
  2. 2. 2 Follow us on Twitter @k12blueprint Visit us at: http://www.K12Blueprint.com CCSS resources include: Common Core Toolkit Archived Webinar on “What Standards and Assessment Mean for College and Career Readiness” Judy Salpeter Editor K-12 Blueprint
  3. 3. 3 Are You Ready for the Common Core Assessments? Ingrid Roberson Alameda County Office of Ed, CA Kecia Ray Nashville Public Schools, TN Blanca Duarte LogicWing, Inc.
  4. 4. 4 Are You Ready for the Common Core Assessments? Blanca Duarte President and Founder LogicWing, Inc.
  5. 5. Preparing for Online Assessments 5
  6. 6. 6 Next Generation Learning requires Next Generation Assessments College and Career Readiness Online placement tests and entrance exams, applications and testing Digital literacy skills required of global citizens Technology standards embedded within the content standards Technological tools and practices within every classroom Higher-order thinking skills Critical-thinking, Problem-solving, Communication Provide timely information to support teaching and learning 6
  7. 7. New Ways to Demonstrate Learning Assessments will include types of responses such as:   Technology-enhanced constructed response (TECR) Drag and drop or clickable selections   Short and Extended constructed response   Technology-enhanced Items (TEI) Simulations   Performance tasks Complete an in-depth project Demonstrate analytical skills Real-world problem solving 7
  8. 8. Comprehensive Assessment Consortia   Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)   Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Alternate Assessment Consortia   Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Consortium (DLM)   National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment Consortium   Assessment Services Supporting English learners through Technology Systems (ASSETS) Overview of Three Types of Online Assessments Supporting the CCSS 8
  9. 9. Comprehensive Assessment Consortia Online assessments being developed by two consortia. For a list of the states in each consortium visit:   PARCC - www.parcconline.org   SBAC - www.smarterbalanced.org 9 * * * Smarter Balanced PARCC Neither For more information: www.parcconline.org www.smarterbalanced.org
  10. 10. Similarities   Online assessments for grades 3-8 and high school in ELA and Math   Use of a mix of item types, including: Selected-response, Constructed response, Technology-enhanced, Complex performance tasks   Two required components, both given during the final weeks of the school year   Use of both electronic and human scoring, with results expected within 2 weeks PARCC and Smarter Balanced – Side by Side 10 Source: Educational Leadership (Doorey, Dec 2012/Jan. 2013) Differences •  PARCC •  Has a fixed-form delivery system •  Has a caching option •  Testing platform is TestNav 8 •  SBAC •  Has adaptive delivery •  States have choice about delivery mechanism •  Re-take option for EOY component
  11. 11. 11 Instructional Needs & Technology Planning Instructional goals and needs must be paramount in long-range technology planning and purchases—don’t just buy for the test. Invest in broadband infrastructure for   Teaching   Learning   Assessment 11
  12. 12. 1212 Preparing Infrastructure The five main areas to consider for technical readiness within infrastructure are: Network Hardware and Software Staff and Personnel Process and Practice Devices
  13. 13. 1313 Network Considerations Sufficient bandwidth Local network Wireless network Internet Identification and elimination of network bottlenecks Filtering and proxies Disaster avoidance
  14. 14. Bandwidth Requirements PARCC External connection to the Internet Minimum with caching - 5kps / student Minimum without caching - 50kps / student Recommendation for assessment & instruction 100kps / student System check tool for testing platform, TestNAV & Technology Readiness Tool SBAC External connection to the Internet Recommended for test 10-20kps / student Recommendation for assessment & instruction 100kps / student Bandwidth checking tool and technology readiness calendar 14
  15. 15. 1515 Assessing Wireless Networks An example of the factors in analyzing and planning for network readiness: Successful wireless implementations have robust wired backbones •  Performance varies by switch—even from same vendor •  Processing power and ongoing utilization of switches Firewall capability vs. WAN bandwidth •  Traffic shaping, application filtering, packet signatures vs. URL filtering Test for interference Semi-autonomous wireless access points
  16. 16. 16 Hardware Considerations Five year technology refresh cycle vs. test evolution Device capability: input, network connectivity, screen size, etc. Minimum vs. Recommended system requirements Excess device capacity Sufficient electrical capacity, in total and in testing locations Assistive technology requirements
  17. 17. 17 Software Considerations Special software to support testing Operating systems: support, compatibility, lifespan Supported browsers—plugins needed; standalone secure browser Ability to restrict operating system features, connectivity, peripherals, etc. Additional management applications or services
  18. 18. 1818 Proctor Caching - Benefits Students experience fewer testing delays due to network congestion Testing continues if the Internet connection is lost, because test content is pre- cached Reduced data traffic on a school network will also further minimize the impact of testing to other Internet users at the same school
  19. 19. 19 Staff Considerations Technology Staff •  Preparing infrastructure •  Device selection •  Availability during testing Teachers and Proctors •  Preparation and training •  Assessment Delivery •  Familiarity with testing software and technical troubleshooting
  20. 20. 2020 Student Considerations Student readiness Typing Mouse skills Touch interface gestures Experience with computer-based tests Who, when and how to ask for help Consistent use of devices
  21. 21. 2121 Security Considerations Device lockdown Bluetooth pairing Key loggers and spyware Network security Malware Denial of service attack Student authentication/identification
  22. 22. PARCC Latest Guidance Field test section has been added to parcconline.org Specific tutorials on interactive test elements coming soon ELA and Math interactive items available EOY System check tool to test for TestNav and bandwidth – access available to field test schools first Upcoming town hall meeting around assistive technology Test administration manual will have security and proctor guidance
  23. 23. SBAC Latest Guidance Adaptive delivery has no caching option Bluetooth considerations Digital learning library RFI for delivery of test
  24. 24. Device Considerations Multiple means of representation, engagement and expression Users have access to different types of devices – which ones will you choose? 24
  25. 25. All eligible devices must be able to be “locked down” Unrestricted Internet access Still and video cameras Screen capture and recording Email, IM, voice over IP Bluetooth connectivity App switching Printing Remote access Device Security Requirements
  26. 26. Additional Guidance PARCC Headphones with Microphone Keyboard – wired / bluetooth Mouse or Touchpad Parcconline.org/technology SBAC Headphones Keyboard – wired / bluetooth Mouse or Touchpad Smarterbalanced.org/technology 26
  27. 27. Do: Start at the source: PARCCOnline.org SmarterBalanced.org Blog: http://www.ofthat.com/ Read about best practices from other states Delaware, Florida, Idaho Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia Stay Informed
  28. 28. 28 Do: Stay connected through social media @PARCCPlace @educatorleader #askPARCC Town Hall Series @SmarterBalanced Set up news feeds to email you notifications Google Alerts or Mention Monitor the Web
  29. 29. 29 Do: Create a communication plan Include parents on the committee Hold parent workshops Invest in keyboarding software Be open, available, transparent Involve Parents
  30. 30. 30 Are You Ready for the Common Core Assessments? Kecia Ray Executive Director of Learning Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, TN
  31. 31. 31 Kecia Ray Planning for Success Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools began planning for success two years ago in partnership with the Nashville Technology Council. Key elements of our learning technology plan include: • Upgrading district wide infrastructure to accommodate not only online assessments but also blended learning classrooms more suitable for CCSS instruction. • Transforming role of school librarian to support common core implementation through instructional design practices.
  32. 32. 32 Kecia Ray Planning for Success Key Elements (cont’d) • Eliminated desktop labs and implemented mobile labs in classrooms • Identified Tech Lead and Assessment Coordinator within each school to triangulate the support for online assessment along with school librarians. • Implemented SchoolNet – an Instructional Management System – that enables teachers to create PARCC like test items for formative assessment. • Designed a PD plan to offer self paced differentiated and customizable for teachers to become familiar with blended learning strategies to implement common core.
  33. 33. 33 Are You Ready for the Common Core Assessments? Ingrid Roberson Professional Expert, Assessment Alameda County Office of Ed, CA
  34. 34. 34 What Needs to Ready? 1.  Network Connectivity •  What are the assessment and instructional demands being placed on bandwidth at the time of testing? 2.  Devices •  What are the assessment and instructional needs of devices? •  What are costs associated with add-on such as keyboards and headphones when considering desktop, netbooks and tablets. 3.  Testing Environment •  Does the actual room have adequate power, connectivity, and space?
  35. 35. 35 Who Needs to Ready? 1.  Technical Support Personnel •  Short Term: What support is needed before, during and after testing? •  Long Term: What support is needed to maintain infrastructure? 2.  Administrators, Teachers and Students •  What do administrators and teachers need to know in order to provide entry-level support? •  What do students need to know in order to work with chosen devices?
  36. 36. 36 RESOURCES for Learning More K-12 Center at ETS Resource for keeping up with next generation assessments http://www.k12center.org Coming Together to Raise Assessment June 2013 report on the 6 CCSS consortia http://www.k12center.org/rsc/pdf/ Coming_Together_June_2013.pdf
  37. 37. 37 Thank You Visit www.k12blueprint.com for resources on planning technology implementations and personalizing learning. Follow us on Twitter @k12blueprint For Tweets about today’s webinar: #CCAssess

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