Educational Design and Technology

Computer-Based Testing

The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) have set a course to prepare the State's P-12 education system for a transition to computer-based testing.

Technology Readiness Tool

New York State is using a Technology_Readiness_Toolexternal link to prepare for computer-based testing. The two national assessment consortia (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCCexternal link, and Smarter Balanced) have launched this tool, which surveys current technology capacity and infrastructure in each school building statewide across the country. It can serve as inventory of current equipment and can be updated by schools and/or districts as technology changes. New York State is using the Technology Readiness Tool to determine the feasibility of computer-based testing and inform future planning.

Starting in June 2012, NYSED provided access to the Technology Readiness Tool to school district contact persons. When you provide a point of contact for your school's or district's use of the Technology Readiness Tool, s/he will receive an auto-generated welcome message to get started with the Technology Readiness Tool. A recommended point person could be your district’s technology or data director/coordinator.

Notes for Technology Readiness Tool Users (Updated January 14, 2013)

  • Schools are asked to submit Device Data and complete the School Survey; this information can be found at the SETUP tab under Data Management.
  • Once you have entered the device data and completed the school survey, please mark data entry complete.
  • The Technology Readiness Tool has been pre-populated with New York State districts and schools, using the BEDS code as the organization code.
  • Please use the schools that have been establiished in the Technolofgy Readiness Tool. You can establish school users for individuals who have school-level data to report.
  • Under the SETUP tab, BATCH file exporting is the method to use to see what data has been submitted.
  • If your designated contact person did not receive an e-mail from no-reply@pearsonaidevelopment.com, that person can log onto the site at www.techreadiness.net external link icon using their e-mail address as the user ID.
  • The Technology Readiness Tool is available through 2014. Data may be uploaded and changed at any time during the Tool's availability.

To complete the School Survey: from the home page go to "Setup." Under the blue line, check the schools. Then go to "3. Tasks" and select "School Survey Questions." Be sure to select classification of school. Review enrollment data (pre-populated based on 2010-11 information) and update this information. For the "Testing Information" questions:

  1. The number of computers that are currently in an environment acceptable for assessment or adaptable would be the number of simultaneous test takers
  2. For number of days in testing window, use 6 days (as the current Grades 3-8 New York State Testing Program uses 3 days and 3 make-up days)
  3. To calculate the number of sessions per day, use 90-minute sessions and determine how many your school can offer in a school day

Additional Information for Non-Public and Charter Schools

The information below is for designated points-of-contact from non-public and charter schools. It provides further guidance in using the Technology Readiness Tool.

NYSED Technology Readiness Tool Information for Non-Public and Charter Schools PDF icon (76KB)



PARCCExternal link icon

State Education Technology Directors' AssociationExternal link icon


New York State Education Department
Phone: (518) 474-5461
E-Mail: edtech@mail.nysed.gov

Last Updated: October 18, 2013