Some of the school districts adopting online Common Core assessments to measure academic achievement in 2014-2015 plan to develop their own tests.
In a survey released by Enterasys, a company specializing in wireless systems, 42 percent of schools plan to develop their own tests, while 55 percent of schools are likely to work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
Robert Nilsson, Enterasys’ director of vertical solutions marketing, says the assessment phase is “extremely important,” as the 45 states adopting the standards will use CCSS to reform or replace current state tests.
The “Common Core State Standards Survey” also reveals that 73 percent of schools are not very confident that their network infrastructures have the capacity to run the online assessments. Another 66 percent are not confident their networks can support the security the testing will require.
“Many schools today either have BYOD or 1-to-1 mobile device programs, which means the assessment could be given on a variety of platforms, such as laptops or tablets,” Nilsson says. “IT administrators need to cover their bases and make sure they have the right technology, the correct version of operating systems, and that the wireless network can handle it. Now is the time to get ready.”
Districts should test bandwidth and work with vendors to evaluate wireless security, Nilsson adds.