Technology Questions


The following are some initial questions for technology teams that our Massachusetts PARCC Trial will attempt to answer.


Infrastructure and Devices

– Did you purposely throttle bandwidth during testing periods so that non-test takers didn’t use too much traffic?

– What percentage of your total bandwidth was devoted to test takers during test periods?

– What are the infrastructure and hardware required for various assessment environments?

– What devices were used for assessments?

– What peripheral devices were required for assessments?

– What recommendations do you have for devices, peripherals, and management solutions?

Budgets and Costs Associated with Assessments

– What are the costs associated with various assessment environments?

– What are costs associated security applications and configuration systems?


– How did you configure security restrictions for Single App Mode, Browser Settings, MultiTasking and App Access?


– What is the minimum amount of time districts should reserve for scheduling the exam periods?

Bring Your Own Device Environments

– How will we configure BYOD devices to meet the security requirements of PARCC?

– Does the technology department need to take physical control of any BYOD device?

Technology Team Support

– Is it recommended to have an IT or technology team member at each assessment site?

– What professional development is needed for technology team members?


5 thoughts on “Technology Questions

    Allison Wiggins said:
    February 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Just curious if there was a “findings” page posted somewhere. These are great questions! Thank you.

      Dennis Villano responded:
      February 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      There are some initial findings posted in the presentations from the Massachusetts PARCC Summit on this site. The Rennie Center Technical Resource Guide provides some findings from the field tests in Revere and Burlington last year. The Rennie Center will also be releasing a larger research study with significant details regarding the PARCC field tests. We will post that on this site as well.

    Claire Wilcox said:
    March 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    We are getting 3005 errors in several instances during our infrastructure trials. Has anyone else experienced this, and any thoughts why this is happening and what to do about it?

      Dennis Villano responded:
      March 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Yes, we are hearing that several Massachusetts and New Jersey school districts are having similar issues. One error in particular is 3052. Pearson is blaming “connectivity” which is far too often their only word to describe any TestNav issues. We are communicating with other districts and seeking some resolutions but nothing has been finalized yet. We will publish here if we learn anything.

    Claire Wilcox said:
    March 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    They told me that the 3005 errors we’re getting are due to activities of a pop-up blocker and that we should just have the students log back into testnav. We switched from Safari to Firefox, which seemed to help some, but yesterday, with Safari, individual students were getting the error multiple times.

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