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.

NYSED Technology Readiness Tool (TRT)

New York State is now using the NYSED Technology_Readiness_Tool (TRT) to prepare for computer-based testing. This tool is adapted from the Pearson-created tool previously used by the two national assessment consortia (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCCexternal link, and Smarter Balanced), to survey current technology capacity and infrastructure in each school building statewide and across the country. The Pearson TRT was decommissioned on August 31, 2014, however, NYSED's TRT retains all data which was previously entered by schools into the Pearson TRT and is fully functional allowing schools that have not yet completed their surveys to continue to upload information, and those that have completed their surveys, to update them or generate data extracts or reports. New York State is using the NYSED Technology Readiness Tool to help eligible schools to complete their applications for the School Technology Voucher Program. School districts with schools not eligible for STVP vouchers may wish to use the TRT as a repository for inventory management of their devices and retaining other data that will asssist them in developing and preparing their district technology plansPortable Document Format for submission to NYSED.

Beginning 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 August 20, 2014)

  • Schools are asked to submit Device Inventory Management, complete the School Survey and then Mark Data Entry Complete; these can be found at the SETUP tab under section Data Management. Information for completing the Device Inventory Management can be found here.Portable Document Format
  • The NYSED Technology Readiness Tool has been pre-populated with New York State districts and schools, using the BEDS code as the organization code.
  • NYSED TRT usernames are the same as those used with the Pearson/PARCC TRT, however, after the data migration users may need to request a password reset. Data may be uploaded and changed at any time.

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. For the number of sessions per day, please use 2 as it is realistic to anticipate being able to schedule one testing session in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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 NYSED Technology Readiness Tool.

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State Education Technology Directors' AssociationExternal link icon



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

Last Updated: December 5, 2014