BPS PARCC Readiness
Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 2.1 were posted online in February and updated in October, 2013. These guidelines address minimum device specifications and counts for successful administration. Based on the number of grades in our schools, the minimum number of test ready devices is 2:1 for the largest enrolled class tested leaves us short by over 350 devices. We are using in-cycle classroom computers to build labs in our elementary school and completion of that project will reduce our shortage by approximately 125 devices and anticipate this will be completed in the next few weeks. Closer analysis is posted online – PARCC Readiness Summary.
PARCC has released new computer-based sample test items - http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples. They include a tutorial and sample questions by grade level. Computer based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder are incorporated in the samples.