In November, Questar will provide an online form for completing this verification. The following table and downloadable PDF provide the grades 3-8 CBT Tech Readiness requirements and guidelines for schools and districts that are planning to "go" CBT in spring 2017.
To participate in operational grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics CBT (not stand-alone field tests), the school principal or school test coordinator must verify his/her school will be ready to administer assessments on computer in spring 2017. This is only required for schools that have indicated that they will be administering one or more operational 3-8 ELA and/or math assessments in the 2016-17 school year.
The principal should work with school, district, RIC, and BOCES staff as necessary and appropriate to confirm that the school can meet the requirements and conditions as outlined in the checklist.
The deadline to complete the checklist and submit verification is December 31, 2016.
Please note, any school that either fails to verify by the given deadline or is not able to show technology readiness will be reverted to paper-based testing.
There are many variables that factor into determining readiness for online testing. If you have questions about your school’s ability to test online, or about available resources that will help you better understand the requirements in the checklist, contact your district, RIC, BOCES, or Questar Customer Support at 866-997-0695 or NY.email@example.com.
|Devices||Every student must have access to a computer device that meets the minimum technology specifications (and has access to an external keyboard) on the days that student is scheduled to test.||
|Bandwidth||Schools must have adequate bandwidth to support CBT on the days scheduled for test administration.||
|Network||The instructions provided in the Nextera Setup & Installation Guide must be followed prior to CBT administration, including the following (if applicable):
|Installation||A process must exist to download, deploy, and update (if necessary) the Nextera Secure Browser on all student devices to be used for CBT.||
|Space||Suitable physical space must be available for CBT.||
|Staff||Staff member(s) must be identified as point(s) of contact for technology support before and during CBT.||
|Staff||Teachers and proctors administering CBT will receive information and training on the Nextera online assessment system.||
|Students||Students who will be taking a NYS 3-8 ELA and/or math assessment on computer will be familiarized with the Nextera online testing platform prior to test administration.||