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Computers
WindowsNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
Mac OSNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
LinuxNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
MacNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
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Tablets and Mobile
Apple iOS
iPad 2 w/ iOS 6
iPad 2 w/ iOS 6
iPad 3 w/ iOS 6iPad 2 w/ iOS 6
iPad 3 w/iOS 7+
1GB of RAM
iPad 2 w/iOS 6.1+
512MB of RAM
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iOS 6 through 8
512MB of RAM
256 MB of hard drive space available
iOS 6 through 8+
256MB of RAM
256 MB of hard drive space available
iPad 2 w/ iOS 7+iPad 2 w/ iOS 7+
Android OS
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Android 4.0
Android 4.0
Not SpecifiedNot Specified
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Android 4.2 through 4.4
512MB of RAM
256 MB of hard drive space available
Android 4.2 through 4.4
256MB of RAM
256 MB of hard drive space available
Android 4.0+Android 4.0+
Windows TabletsWindows 8Windows 8Windows 8 (excluding Windows RT)Windows 8 (excluding Windows RT)Not SpecifiedNot Specified
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Not SpecifiedNot SpecifiedWindows 8+Windows 8+
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Additional
Keyboard/Mouse
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Mouse
Pointing Device
Single/Multiple Switch
Touchpad
Touchscreen
External Keyboard
Mouse
Pointing Device
Single/Multiple Switch
Touchpad
Touchscreen
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
External KeyboardExternal KeyboardExternal Keyboard
Pointing Device
External Keyboard
Pointing Device
Headset/Microphone
Headphones
Headphones
Headphones
Headphones
Not SpecifiedNot SpecifiedSpeakersSpeakers
Headphones
Microphone
Headphones
Microphone
Headphones
Microphone
Headphones
Microphone
Screen Size9.5" or larger9.5" or larger9.5" or larger9.5" or larger
9.5" or larger
9.5" or larger
9.5" or larger9.5" or larger10" or larger10" or larger9.5" or larger9.5" or larger
Resolution1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+1024 x 768+
Browser
Chrome 31
Firefox 25
Internet Explorer 9
Safari 6
Chrome 31
Firefox 25
Internet Explorer 9
Safari 5.1
Smarter Balanced secure browser
Smarter Balanced secure browser
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Chrome 26
Firefox 24
Internet Explorer 9
Opera 12
Safari 6
Chrome 26
Firefox 24
Internet Explorer 9
Opera 12
Safari 6
Secure BrowserSecure BrowserNot SpecifiedNot Specified
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Networking
External Connection to the Internet
100 Kbps per student
50 Kbps per student
5 Kbps (with caching)
20 Kbps per student
140 Kbps (for deaf students using ASL accomodations)
20 Kbps per student
140 Kbps (for deaf students using ASL accomodations)
384 Kbps per student
128 Kbps (with caching)
384 Kbps per student
128 Kbps (with caching)
1.5 Mbps per student1.5 Mbps per student
150 Kbps per student
30 Kbps (with caching)
300 Kbps per student
30 Kbps (with caching)
100 Kbps per student
50 Kbps (with caching)
40 Kbps per student
20 Kbps (with caching)
Internal School Network1 Gbps per student1 Gbps per student20 Kbps per student
140 Kbps (for deaf students using ASL accomodations)
20 Kbps per student
140 Kbps (for deaf students using ASL accomodations)
5 Mbps per student5 Mbps per student1.5 Mbps per student1.5 Mbps per student
1 Gbps per student
100 Mbps per student
per student per student
Wireless NetworkNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedNot Specified
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SecurityNot SpecifiedNot Specified
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Accessibility
PARCC has published a list of Assistive Technologies that have no known compatibility conflicts with the Pearson TestNav 8 test delivery system.
PARCC has published a list of Assistive Technologies that have no known compatibility conflicts with the Pearson TestNav 8 test delivery system.
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General Information
Formal NamePartnership for Assessment Readiness for College and CareersSmarter Balanced Assessment ConsortiumDLM Alternate Assessment SystemNational Center and State CollaborativeEnglish Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)WIDA Consortium
Websitehttp://www.parcconline.orghttp://www.smarterbalanced.orghttp://www.dynamiclearningmaps.orghttp://www.ncscpartners.orghttp://www.elpa21.org/http://www.wida.us/assessment/assets.aspx
Field TestingSpring 2014 (Performance-based assessment: March 24-April 11, 2014; End-of-year assessment: May 5-June 6, 2014)From March 18 through June 6, 2014Three windows in spring 2014; three windows in 2014-15.First pilot planned for spring 2014; a second pilot planned for fall 2014Early 2015March- June 2014; January-March 2015
Operational TestingWinter 2014-2015Interim will be available beginning Fall 2014, Summative will be available Spring 20152014-15 for Grades: 3-8 and high school. HS grades/courses vary by state.Spring 2015Winter 2016School year 2015-2016; testing windows range from December to June.
GradesGrades 3-11Grades 3-8, 11 (1 Interim assessments can be used in grades 9 and 10)K-12Grades 3-8, 11K-121-12(The Kindergarten summative test will remain an interactive, paper-based kit for the near future.)
SubjectsEnglish/language arts; mathEnglish language arts, mathEnglish/language arts; mathEnglish/language arts; mathEnglish Language ProficiencyEnglish language proficiency
Number of StudentsUnknown17 millionapproximately 100,00090,000-100,000To be determined1.5 million
Test LengthUnknownTest untimed. Average testing time will range from 7 hours (for ELA and math combined) in grades 3 to 5 to 8.5 hours in grade 11. Estimates include 1 hour for classroom activities to introduce the math and ELA performance tasks.Test is untimed and administered in separate testlets. Total administration time varies per student. During spring window, approximate time is 45-60 minutes in mathematics, 60-75 minutes in English language arts.
UnknownTo be determinedEach of the four domains (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) will be administered in a maximum of one hour
Proctor RequirementsUnknownProctors are required for field tests and live tests.Proctor works with the student and may be a teacher who enters responses chosen by students.Proctor works with the student and may be a teacher who enters responses chosen by studentsUnknownTest administrators will assist students to support loading tests and with activities outlined in the Test Administration Manual. Students will listen to directions via computer.