UPDATE: Windows Environment for PARCC

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1Massachusetts schools participating in the PARCC Field Test will be using several different methods for test taking. While some schools will be using paper versions of the test, many Massachusetts schools will be using a variety of technology environments and devices. This site will detail some of the experiences of schools using Windows PCs, Macs, iPads, and Chromebooks.

Thank you to Jonathan Ferrara - IT Manager from Revere Public Schools – for this update with important technical tips for preparing a Windows environment for PARCC. Jon has created a detailed document with support tips and resource links for setting up field test technology. The document also has walk through support for use of some group policy settings.

UPDATED: Early on in our initial Parcc meetings, we spoke with a tech from Pearson that instructed us to disable browser pop-ups (as they would disrupt the test), but allow pop-up exceptions from testnav.com.  In the documentation from Pearson, they direct us to “disable pop-up blockers” altogether.  I would rather align with Pearson than cause confusion, therefore I am retracting the section about pop-up blockers and exceptions from my documentation.

Jon Ferrara
IT Manager
Revere Public Schools

Technical Tips for Preparing for PARCC: Windows Environment

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