Plan your technology infrastructure to handle the new SBAC testing

Tech Talk – CCSS/SBAC
through the Technology Lens
ACSA - North Ventura Charter
Julie D. Judd,Ventura USD
Chief Technology Officer
Steve Carr,VCOE
Chief Technology Officer
Catherine Reznicek, VCOE
Educational Technology Specialist
What are we talking about today?
◦ Role technology plays in CCSS
◦ Professional Learning Needs and
◦ Identifying classroom technology needs
◦ What we know (SBAC Facts)
◦ What we need to consider
◦ How do we plan?
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Technology and CCSS
More than just the “test”
Students Who Are College and Career Ready in Reading,
Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.
demonstrate independence.
build strong content knowledge
respond to the varying demands of
audience, task, purpose, and discipline
comprehend as well as critique
value evidence
use technology and digital media
strategically and capably
come to understand other
perspectives and cultures
Technology and CCSS
More than just a “computer”
Technology and CCSS
Example: Writing Standards -- Production and Distribution of
G7:Use technology, including the Internet, to
GK-3: With guidance and
support from adults, explore a
variety of digital tools to
produce and publish writing,
including in collaboration with
peers. (G3 add keyboarding)
produce and publish writing and link to and
cite sources as well as to interact and
collaborate with others, including linking to
and citing sources.
G4-6:With some guidance and support
from adults, use technology, including the
Internet, to produce and publish writing as
well as to interact and collaborate with
others; demonstrate sufficient command
of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of
one page in a single sitting.
(G5 2 pages, G6 3 Pages)
G8:Use technology, including the Internet, to
produce and publish writing and present the
relationships between information and ideas
efficiently as well as to interact and
collaborate with others.
G9-10:Use technology, including the Internet,
to produce, publish, and update individual or
shared writing products, taking advantage of
technology’s capacity to link to other
information and to display information
flexibly and dynamically.
Technology and CCSS
Example: Reading Standards for Literature – Integration of Knowledge
and Ideas
Anchor Standard
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build
knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Technology and CCSS
How do we support our teachers in this process?
Variety of Stakeholders:
VCOE and District
representatives from IT, Ed Tech,
Curriculum, Teachers
Addressing needs:
 Creating and curating
 Developing model tech
integrated lessons
 Supporting Professional
Google Docs: Storage, editing, ease
of sharing
My Big Campus: Discussions,
Dipity: Implementation Timeline
Beyond the “TEST”
What technologies will your students and teachers need ….before the
test… after the test?
What will help them do their best?
AB 484 Signed into law October 2, 2013
Establishes the California Measurement of
Academic Performance and Progress
(CalMAPP) assessment system
 CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized
Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program
 Takes effect January 1st, 2014
 Field tests to begin March 16- June 6, 2014
 CalMAPP goes live spring 2015 (scores count)
Common Core State Standards
Implementation Funds
Assembly Bill (AB) 86 (Chapter 48,
Statutes of 2013), Section 85, appropriates
$1.25 billion to support the integration of
academic content standards in instruction
adopted pursuant to various EC sections.
AB 86 specifies that $1 billion of this
funding is deemed to be appropriated for
the 2012–13 fiscal year, with the
remaining $250 million appropriated for
the 2013–14 fiscal year.
CCSS/SBAC Implementation Funds
$1.25 billion- CDE will apportion $625 million August 2013 and $625
million in October. This equates to approximately $200 per ADA.
Funds can be used for the following three purposes:
Professional development for teachers, administrators, and
paraprofessional educators or other classified employees involved in the
direct instruction of pupils…
Instructional materials aligned to the academic content standards
Integration of these academic content standards through technologybased instruction …. including, but not necessarily limited to,
expenditures necessary to support the administration of computer-based
assessments and provide high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity
for the purpose of administration of computer-based assessments.
CCSS/SBAC Implementation $$
As a condition of receiving these funds,
a school district, COE, charter school is
required to:
Develop and adopt a plan delineating how the CCSS
implementation funds will be spent. The plan must be
explained in a public meeting of the governing board of
the school district or county board of education, or
governing body of the charter school, before its adoption
in a subsequent public meeting.
On or before July 1, 2015, report detailed information to
the California Department of Education (CDE), including,
but not limited to, specific purchases made and the
number of teachers, administrators, or paraprofessional
educators that received professional development.
Questions and concerns as they
relate to this new paradigm
One-time capital expenditure as opposed to on-going
funding stream
 No staggered refresh of hardware
 Lack of technical support and staff
 Expectation of anywhere/anytime access
 Demand for cloud services which only increases the
demand for greater network connectivity and internet
 As network speeds increase so do vulnerability of
security breaches
What Happened to CALMAPP?
January 13, 2014 the
name changed.
CAASPP = California
Assessment Student
Progress and
CAASPP Field Tests
A field test is not designed to be a valid and
reliable measure of student achievement;
rather, it is designed to help the test
developers evaluate whether the tests,
individual items, and the technology platform
work as intended before the first operational
Deborah S. Delisle
U.S. Department of Education
CAASPP Field Tests
March 18th-June 6, 2014
 Students in grades three through eight and
grade eleven will be assessed via computer
in English-language arts or mathematics.
CDE will select which schools and which
grade levels to receive which test
 A small sample of grade nine and grade ten
students will also participate in the Field Test.
It is critical to ensure that assessment items
are accessible to all students and produce
results that are valid, reliable, and fair.
CAASPP Field Tests
2014 Field Test fully computer-based. FT will give students,
teachers, administrators, and LEAs valuable exposure to
the future assessment system:
◦ Students will gain hands-on experience with the
functionality of innovative technology-enhanced items
and newly designed performance tasks with related
classroom activities.
◦ Teachers and administrators will gain valuable exposure
to administration logistics to better prepare for smooth
and successful participation in the operational
assessments, which will begin in the 2014–15 school
◦ Local educational agencies will benefit from knowing
where technology gaps may exist so they can fully
prepare for the operational assessments.
CAASPP Field Tests
LEAs can expect the administration of the FT
to take approximately 3.5 hours per grade, per
content area.
The FT is intended to be administered over
multiple sessions of about 45 minutes each,
but may be administered in shorter or longer
sessions as appropriate for the students and
the school.
While a purpose of the FT is to test the
system, schools should be very careful to not
overstress the technology or their technology
So is your school/district ready?
How many students do you need to test at
each site?
Approximately 681,000 California students
grades 3rd-8th, 11th and a small % of 9th and
10th grade students
Where (physically) will they be
Ventura County Students to be
tested based on 2012-13 Dataquest
VCOE SBAC Lab Build-out Plan
VUSD Testing Schedule Matrix
How many students at your site will
need to be tested?
CDE will assign a 6 week window for
each school
CDE will assign grade 9 & 10 to specific
Microsoft Windows
◦ XP Service pack 3-proposed phase out by
◦ Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
◦ Windows RT excluded at this time
Apple Mac OS
◦ OS X 10.4.4 proposed phase out end 2014-15
◦ OS X 10.5 (PowerPC)-proposed phase out
end 2014-15
◦ OS X 10.6 (Intel) 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
Apple iOS-for iPad 2 minimum devices
◦ iOS 6.x, 7.x
◦ Physical keyboard required
Android OS
◦ Version 4.x required
◦ Manufactures customize OS to meet their
hardware specs
◦ Smarter Balance will certify various models to
assure the secure browser works
◦ Physical keyboard required
Google Chrome OS
◦ Version 19.x or higher
◦ Chromebook (wireless) or Chromebox
Linux OS
◦ Fedora 6 or higher
◦ Ubunto 9 or higher
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
◦ Thin client or Zero client technology
◦ Be sure to test the secure browser
Miscellaneous Hardware
10” class diagonal display
 1024 x 768 display resolution
 Physical keyboard
 Headphones for ELA- local volume
control on headphone advisable
 No stylus or drawing device required
 Printer for students with
accommodation(proctor would print
Secure Browser
Secure Browser provided by Smarter Balanced
Each year a new browser will be available
Need to uninstall pilot test version to avoid
Available November 18th
Can be used to access Practice test
Ensure test security (kiosk mode)
Checks for list of “prohibited applications at
startup and during execution
HTML 5 and Javascript (no Flash Player or Java
VM required)
Network Bandwidth
Estimated 20K average per student
connected to the system
 Network activity may spike at startup and
periodically during item pre-fetch
Things to consider
CA Technical Test Assistance Center
 E-mail-
Do you have questions/concerns?
Because if you don’t…..we do!
◦ Information is changing almost daily.
◦ Resources for getting this information are
also changing…CDE, now ETS…
◦ Even if we follow hardware and bandwidth
specs, we have no assurance this will work,
nor do we have control (
Contact Information
Julie Judd – CTO – Ventura Unified
Steve Carr – CTO – Ventura COE
Catherine Reznicek – Ed Tech Specialist VCOE