Online Testing & the Tech Readiness Tool (TRT)
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Online Testing & the Tech Readiness Tool

Online assessment demands sufficient capacity across school networks —hardware and software — to support complex applications and a growing body of multi-media content.

  • Learning devices must minimum standards for operating system version, security, computing speed, memory, screen size and resolution, and keyboard standard.
  • There must be enough web-enabled devices for all students to take the assessments.
  • School networks must be fast enough to handle high numbers of students all online, all taking the test at the same time.
  • There must be enough trained staff to support online assessment.

Technology Readiness Tool (TRT) — Inventory Your School Technology by March 31, 2014
The TRT is a web-based application designed to collect data on the technology infrastructure of schools and districts as they make the shift to online testing. The TRT is available at http://www.techreadiness.net, and needs to be completed by every district by March 31, 2014.


TRT Basic Steps
+ Step 1: Log onto the TRT System

The Web address of the TRT system is http://www.techreadiness.net. 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 dennis.small@k12.wa.us to request a TRT account.

+ 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:

  • Name (any description)
  • Operating System
  • Memory
  • Screen Resolution
  • Device Count
  • Assessment Environment
  • Monitor/Display Size

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:

  • Classification of School
  • Enrollment Counts (estimated)
  • Internet Bandwidth
  • Internet Bandwidth Utilization
  • Internal Network Bandwidth
  • Internal Network Bandwidth Utilization
  • Testing Window
  • Sessions per Day

To answer survey questions using the file import method, select the "School Survey Import/Export" link in the Tasks section. Reference the File Layout & Templates 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 School 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.

Minimum Hardware, OS & Connectivity Specs for Online Assessments

Hardware

Windows Desktops & Laptops

Windows XP (service pack 3), Pentium 233 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 52 MB hard drive free space

Mac OS X Desktops & Laptops

Mac OS X 10.4.4, Intel x86 or PowerPC G3 (300 MHz) processor, 256 MB RAM, 200 MB hard drive free space

Linux Desktops & Laptops

Linux (Ubuntu 9-10, Fedora 6), Pentium II or AMD K6-III, 233 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, 52 MB hard drive free space

iOS Tablets

iPad 2 running iOS6 or higher

Android Tablets

Android tablets running Android 4.0+

Windows Tablets

Windows-based tablets running Windows 8+. Windows RT does not meet minimum specs for online testing.

Chrome OS Devices

Chromebooks running Chrome OS (v19)+

Monitors

Screen Size All Devices

10-inch monitors or larger with a 1024 x 768 resolution

Keyboards

External Keyboards

Mechanical keyboards must be available unless students use an alternative.

Device Type

All Devices

No restriction as long as the device meets the other requirements. Can include desktops, laptops, netbooks, virtual desktops and thin clients4, hybrid laptop/tablets, and tablets—iPad, Windows, Chromebooks and Android.

Security

Risk Management

Device must have the admin-level tools to disable software features, functions and applications that could present a security risk during test administration.

Devices

Sufficient & Web-enabled

All students must be able to complete assessments during the authorized time period—up to 12 weeks.

Connectivity Speed

Bandwidth Rate

10–20 Kbps available per student to be tested simultaneously during testing time periods.

 

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