Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Technology Requirements for Smarter Balanced Assessments



Here is the link to the full article http://tinyurl.com/bcabwc5

 The consortium reported most schools in member states already have adequate technology infrastructure to administer the assessments successfully.   

Smarter Balanced minimum requirements for current technology include:
For Windows computers: Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Pentium 233 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, and 52 MB of free hard disk space;
For Mac computers: Mac OS X 10.4.4, Intel x86 or PowerPC G3 (300 MHz) processor, 256 MB RAM, and 200 MB of free hard disk space;
For Linux computers: Ubuntu 9-10 or Fedora 6, Pentium II or AMD K6-III 233 MHz processor, 64 MB RAM, and 52 MB of free hard disk space;
For iOS devices: iPad 2 or 3 running iOS 6;
For Android devices: Android-based tablets running Android 4.0+; and
For Chrome devices: Chromebooks running Chrome OS 19+.

Smarter Balanced recommended minimum requirements for new purchases include: 
For Windows computers: Windows 7+, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 GB hard disk drive;
For Mac computers: Mac OS X 10.7+, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 hard disk drive;
For Linux computers: Ubuntu 11.10 or Fedora 16, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and 80 hard disk drive; For iOS devices: iPads running iOS6;
For Android devices: Android-based tablets running Android 4.0+; and
For Chrome devices: Chromebooks running Chrome OS 19+. 

Devices should also have at least a 10-inch screen, a mechanical keyboard, headphones, and wired or wireless Internet access. IT administrators should also have tools to temporarily disable any features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration. Smarter Balanced noted that while these minimum requirements for technology are adequate to support student assessments, they may not meet minimum requirements to support student instruction. 

Fred Sharpsteen STM/MEd Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools
Director of Technology
2203 Wildner Rd. Sebewaing,
MI. 48759

Sharpstf@gmail.com

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