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).
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 PARCC, and Smarter Balanced), to survey current technology capacity and infrastructure in each school building statewide across the country. 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 plans 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
- 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 Technology Readiness Tool.
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
- 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)
- 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