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This white paper highlights the purpose and value of online assessments and provides detailed information on the assessment consortia implementation plans as well as network infrastructure, device, support and instructional design and preparation considerations. It also analyzes what practical steps small, medium and large school districts are evaluating and taking as part of their preparation process.
School districts identified four major areas of concern about becoming assessment ready including: network infrastructure, devices, professional development and funding. Resulting from a national online survey with school districts to find out what key questions and concerns they had about each of these categories, we collated and posed their frequently asked questions to the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia and captured the responses in this document.
Three school districts, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN), Metropolitan School District of Warren Township (IN) and West Side School District #202 (ID), were visited and interviewed to capture their experiences, recommendations and best practices as they prepare for online assessments. The case studies from these visits provide insight into what practical steps small, medium and large school districts are taking to become assessment ready.
Best practices and expert guidance from school district peers comprise the key recommendations for becoming assessment ready ultimately helping inform districts about what they should be considering and doing. Recommendations are accompanied by a checklist to helps districts as they prepare for online assessments.
These videos, featuring representatives from the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia, provide detailed responses to school district questions and concerns, gathered in part by online surveys, regarding becoming assessment ready. Viewers are presented with recommendations of five main categories including network infrastructure, devices, professional development and funding.
This video series, taped at the Raising the BAR: Becoming Assessment Ready workshop during the 2014 CoSN conference, highlights some of the key concerns districts face as discussed by a panel of education leaders from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township.