Devices and Infrastructure
Learning technology prepares students to demonstrate knowledge and skill using the tools they will need to be ready for college and careers.
To support our students’ increased use of learning technology for college and career readiness, 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 the Common Core Learning Standards, including personalized learning opportunities and the next generation of assessments that leverage computer-based testing (CBT).
NYSED Field Memo on Technology Purchases
The memorandum below provides Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), school districts, charter and other public schools, and non-public schools with guidance on the purchase of technology devices, infrastructure, and broadband connectivity that support personalized learning, the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), and computer-based testing (CBT).
This field guidance is divided into six sections to assist school and district administrators in working with stakeholders in the school community, and with current technological capacity and infrastructure to support and strengthen a technology-rich learning environment.
- Technical Support
- Professional Development
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Funding Sources
Technology Readiness Tool
New York State is using a Technology_Readiness_Tool to prepare for computer-based testing. The two national assessment consortia (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, that person can log onto the site at www.techreadiness.net 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:
- The number of computers that are currently in an environment acceptable for assessment or adaptable would be the number of simultaneous test takers.
- 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).
- 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.
- New York State's Transition to Computer-Based Testing (May 16, 2012) (143 KB)
- Approach to Developing Statewide Computer-Based Testing Transition Plan (March 2012) (96.1 KB)
- Technology Guidelines for PARCC Assessments - Version 2.1 (Updated September 2013) (117KB)
- PARCC Technology Guidelines FAQ (145KB)
- Technology Readiness Tool(Note: Information about the Tool is found under "Help & Resources")
- Assess4ed.net - leveraging the opportunities of next generation assessment systems
- Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment (128KB)
New York State Education Department
Phone: (518) 474-5461