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Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

Supports for Assessments and Classrooms

More than 90 percent of our 2015-16 summative assessments used computer-based technology. We provided member states and participating districts and schools with multiple supports. Our efforts here set the stage for expanded use of technology in the classroom through our diagnostics and other instructional tools.

Technology Guidelines

Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments: Version 6.0 provides minimum and recommended specifications for computer hardware, input devices, and security requirements; and suggests recommended levels of bandwidth that will support schools' instructional and assessment needs. Schools, districts, and states use these guidelines to determine the eligibility of existing computers as test-taking devices for the 2016-2017 PARCC summative assessments.

The Technology Guidelines are updated when new versions of TestNav are released. The next TestNav release is scheduled for January 2017.

Download the guidelines:

As of June 2016, the following are no longer supported:

Operating Systems
  • iOS 8 and below
  • MacOS 10.8 and below
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 8.0

Internet Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome 
  • Non-ESR versions of Firefox

  • Version 1.6
  • Version 1.7

The free TestNav App is required for Chromebooks and iPad and Android tablets (search for TestNav on the Android app store), as well as all Linux implementations.

School Readiness Planning

In February 2014, PARCC released an updated version of the PARCC Capacity Planning Tool as part of the first phase of assessment administration guidance in preparation for the 2014-2015 operational assessment. This tool is designed to assist district and school leaders in identifying gaps in assessment administration capacity, including computer-based test taking devices and bandwidth, and exploring possible scenarios for addressing those gaps. Printable PDF versions are provided below for review purposes.

Download our school readiness planning tools today:

State Strategies

PARCC Technology Transitions — Lessons from the Field  is a white paper that presents a variety of strategies states are taking to build technology capacity, including how states can leverage existing federal funding streams as well as specific state-developed strategies.

The PARCC Technology Platform is a powerful suite of services designed to support our instructional tools: diagnostics, formative assessments, performance-based modules, and speaking and listening tools. The platform provides robust assessment administration capabilities, sophisticated reporting capabilities and an interactive portal, which provides tools and resources for teachers and assessment administrators to assist in the adoption and administration of the assessments.

The system is based on open source software framework. In an effort to drive the cost of assessment as close to zero as possible, this approach eliminates software licensing costs that will account for significant savings over time. Key components are the Assessment Delivery System, Data Management and Reporting System, and the Partnership Resource Center. 

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