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Technical requirements
The Test –
• TestNAV 8 – As soon as the number of students and particular devices
are known, these devices should be tested against TestNAV 8. If you
are planning to use iPads, keyboards should be purchased and the
particular students who will be field testing should begin to use on a
consistent basis. Full technology guidelines are here:
http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/FullTechnologySpecificationsforPARCCFieldTes
tV12November2013.docx
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Example of timeframe testing is March 24 – April 11 – online testing location(s) must be
identified early so they can be “test ready” and ready no later than one week prior and
then will need to be to be set back to original state once all students are tested. So
when choosing a spot expect this amount of time as a minimum.
System check and end point management
System check should be done at the same time of the day that the assessment will be given –
suggesting two weeks prior in order to assure internal network throughput especially for wireless.
iPads – Need a free App - must be iOS 6 or 7 and run in single app mode
Chromebooks - TestNAV 8 Chrome App (free) to ensure in Kiosk mode
Needs for PC or a MAC Java plugin 1.5 or higher
Pop-ups for Pearson site need to be allowed
The other items on PC and MAC computers should not be allowed to launch automatically during
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Anti virus software, browsers or OS updates
power management software on laptops for low battery
screen savers
email with automatic message notification
energy saving features
Lock Down of devices should occur after end are points configured correctly
Device saving options
Rationale: Student Responses Files (SRF) - saved locations become very important for
backup of student answers (encrypted) during the test . This is not mandatory but
recommended highly - See table of device and conditions:
Device
Where can Save
Conditions
PC
Local, network drive,
Pearson
Most stable, can resume
test on another machine
with most recent answers
Mac
Local, network drive,
Pearson
Most stable, can resume
test on another machine
with most recent answers
iPad
Local, Pearson
If hard drive fails, only
Pearson uploaded answers
available
Chromebook
Local, Pearson
If hard drive fails, only
Pearson uploaded answers
available
Proctor caching:
A computer can be configured at the district to act as a caching server to
improve the TestNAV experience. When students take exams, the Proctor
Caching server will provide the questions, instead of requiring the students’
computers to download the next question from Pearson’s servers via the
district’s internet connection.
This has multiple benefits in TestNAV, including decreased question loading
times as students progress through their exams, greatly increased number of
simultaneous users per district, and it ensures TestNAV will continue to
function properly even if the district loses internet connectivity during test
administration.
http://www.parcconline.org/sites/parcc/files/ProctorCachingtoBetterManage
NetworkTraffic_08022013.pdf
Necessary network structure
Network Comparison
without/with Proctor Caching:
Resources - PARCC/Pearson:
PARCC: http://PARCCOnline.org
PARCC Field Test: http://PARCCOnline.org/field-test
Support Center 1-888-493-9888
Email: [email protected]
System check: http://PARCC.Pearson.com/SystemCheck
Support: http://PARCC.Pearson.com/Support
Pearson Access: www.PARCC.Pearson.com
TestNav 8 Requirements and Caching info:
http://PARCC.Pearson.com/TN8Requirements

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