What technology do districts need to implement the CCSS?

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An online dynamic and interactive technology readiness tool (TRT) to support transitions and implementation has been developed on behalf of the assessment consortia. This tool will help member state and local educational agencies as they evaluate their current technology and infrastructure in terms of readiness to implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessment system and identify strategies to update their technology based on gaps identified.

A gap analysis and determination of readiness has been incorporated into the TRT. The SBAC has released a report titled, Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework & System Requirements Specifications. This report outlines the technology specifications necessary to conduct computer adaptive assessments using the existing technology and infrastructure found in schools and districts and also provides the basis for the gap analysis and determination of readiness to be built into the TRT. A Web link to this report can be found at on the CDE SBAC Web page.

More information regarding the TRT, including an extensive set of FAQs, is available on the CDE SBAC Technology Readiness Tool Web page.

It is important to remember that the role of technology in implementing the CCSS goes beyond the administration of online assessments. Whenever appropriate, the use of technology should be integrated into teaching and learning to provide students with the experiences they need to be prepared for success in career and college.

In terms of instructional materials, the format of materials, whether hardcopy textbook or digital materials, is a local decision. Most SBE-adopted textbooks have a digital alternate format version available. As demand for digital materials increases, publishers will develop these resources further.

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