02-11-2015 01:44 PM
Brocade and Aruba have developed a Solution Guide for K-12 with the theme of "Preparing your Network for Common Core Testing and Beyond".
K-12 technology administrators are scrambling to prepare their networks to support Common Core testing, slated to begin in the Spring of 2015. The network requirements to support online testing, as laid out by the two predominant Common Core testing consortiums (the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers [PARCC]), should be relatively easy to support. However, the technology requirements for the testing, as laid out by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, do not go far enough to sufficiently address many of the other potential pitfalls that can occur during online testing to a remote third-party service. The paper discusses how to prepare the School District network for not only Common Core testing, but for 21st Centurty Digital Learning Initiatives and how E-rate Modernization funds can be leveraged to help acquire the network components.
Solution Guide found here: