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Technology survey to inform new state assessment

The Dakota STEP test will be replaced in 2015 by an online test which is being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). South Dakota is one of 27 states that make up the consortium.

SBAC has contracted with Pearson to develop a Technology Readiness Tool to support planning for the transition to this next-generation assessment. This new open source tool assesses current capacity and compares that to the technology that will be needed to administer the new online assessment in four areas: 1) devices 2) device-to-tester ratio 3) network infrastructure and 4) staff and personnel.

The Readiness Tool will collect data at the school level and may be entered manually or batch uploaded. The first collection will occur from May 25 through June 30, 2012. Data collection will occur once each spring and fall through 2014.

Each district’s technology coordinator should have received an email from Technology Readiness that included a URL to the Technology Readiness site along with a login and password. The initial password will need to be changed once logged into the site.

This data collection process will assist SBAC in developing an assessment that is compatible with state and district technology resources.

Questions may be directed to Gay Pickner at (605) 773-3247.