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</v:background></xml><![endif]--><div class=WordSection1><div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.5pt;padding:0in 0in 6.0pt 0in'><p class=MsoNormal style='border:none;padding:0in'><b><i><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#5F497A'>Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Cambria","serif";color:#5F497A'> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p></div><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#76923C'>ITEM:<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Tech Readiness Tool for Smarter Balanced Online Assessment Preparation<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>&nbsp;</span><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Yesterday, all superintendents and principals were added as users in the Readiness Tool.&nbsp; Your administrators may need you guidance to complete this process.&nbsp; An email was sent to them from the Readiness Tool itself, with a key to get in and establish a password.&nbsp; They will have permissions to set up user profiles for those of you who will be responsible for the data entry.&nbsp; Please follow through with your administrators as soon as you can to assure that you get the access you need. &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Adding your data to the tool during this first window (April 2 &#8211; June 14) is required for establishing your school&#8217;s baseline information, as well as helping the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium understand what is already present in the field.&nbsp; This information will guide their decisions for establishing the technology requirements for the online testing system.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Technology Readiness Gap reporting will not be done during this first reporting window. Without a solid baseline of existing conditions, and a clear understanding of the requirements for online testing, reporting on the &#8220;Readiness Gap&#8221; would be premature. The baseline data collected now from districts and schools is required to determine the minimum requirements for technology needed for effective online testing. The reporting timeline for the Technology Readiness Tool will be as follows:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>March 20&#8211;April 8: No reports will be available. The Technology Readiness Tool has to be adjusted to address the consortia&#8217;s requested changes.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>April 9&#8211;June 14: Data collection summaries will be available. These reports will describe back to the district and school what was submitted to help improve data quality and to inform Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium of the types of hardware and operating systems that are currently being used in schools.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo4'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>As Soon As Possible: For the remaining five windows, a Gap Analysis Report will be available to schools and districts. Once the minimum requirements are determined to be accurate and practicable.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>For the five subsequent windows (each Fall and Spring through 2014) in which the tool will be open, your baseline data will be saved and populated in the tool when you return.&nbsp; Using the tool at that time will just be a matter of updating any changes to your conditions and parameters in the tool.&nbsp; Using the tool throughout this preparedness period is essential for your school and district&#8217;s ability to be prepared for the online assessment in 2014.&nbsp; The data returned to you when you use the tool will be critical for your technology committee as they develop and design your district&#8217;s technology plans for the future.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>The training materials are already accessible on the Assess4Ed site at <a href="http://www.assess4ed.net">www.assess4ed.net</a>.&nbsp; This community is open to all interested parties and if you have not already joined the Community, you are encouraged to do so.&nbsp; Once on the Community, join the New Hampshire group for our state updates, and the Technology Readiness Tool Public Updates group.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Online training modules are available on the Assess 4Ed site.&nbsp; These training modules will give step-by-step instructions for using the tool and will also assist in interpreting the reports the tool can generate.&nbsp; Look for an additional alert regarding the availability of these modules.&nbsp; A User&#8217;s Guide and FAQ document will also be available on the site.&nbsp; The consortium is dedicated to providing essential training and support to make this process a smooth one.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>The Training Module for the tool can be accessed at:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><a href="http://www.techreadiness.org/t/trt_training/player.html">http://www.techreadiness.org/t/trt_training/player.html</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Thank you for your efforts in supporting the successful collection of this data. If you need additional assistance, please contact Stan Freeda (271-5132 or <a href="mailto:Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov">Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov</a>).<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Important to Note:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Your administrator&#8217;s permissions will allow them to set up user accounts in the tool for others in your district.&nbsp; You should contact your administrators and help them establish who your Readiness Tool users will be and get accounts established for them so they can also have time to familiarize themselves with the tool.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Training materials are available directly in the tool upon login.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>The batch data input files are also available in the tool itself.&nbsp; There are templates, which are used to collect the data, and layout files, which describe the fields and acceptable parameters for data.&nbsp; &nbsp;These files are in Excel, but should be converted to a comma delimited file format for uploading.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>The template and layout files in the tool are newer versions.&nbsp; If you have downloaded files from the NH group site on Assess4Ed, or from the Assess 4Ed site in general, prior to March 15, you should download the newer updated versions before using them.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>The batch files are available so you can inventory and survey your conditions, and record them, prior to using the tool.&nbsp; It is recommended that you do that first.&nbsp; Once your information is in, you can easily edit and update your records throughout the availability of the tool.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo5'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:#0F243E'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>While spring and fall windows have been designated for when the tool will be &#8220;open&#8221;, it is unclear to me, whether there will be access of some kind between windows.&nbsp; I will pose that question and post any answers that I get in the NH group site.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>If you have any questions or issues, please contact me and I will do my best to help you through this orientation period.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>Good luck and best wishes!<o:p></o:p></span></p><div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal style='border:none;padding:0in'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p></div><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>ETNews</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>is a service of the</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Office of Educational Technology</span></b><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#632423'>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>NH Department of Education&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 101 Pleasant Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Concord, NH&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 03301<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>For more information, contact <o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Stan Freeda<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>603.271.5132&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:navy'><a href="mailto:sfreeda@ed.state.nh.us"><span style='color:blue'>Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/index.htm"><span style='color:blue'>www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.opennh.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.opennh.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nheon.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.nheon.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#4F6228'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>&#8220;The need to know the capital of Florida died when my phone learned the answer.&#8221; <i>~ Anthony Chivetta, high school student in Missouri</i></span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:#5F497A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E36C0A'>The contents of this message are confidential. Any unauthorized disclosure, reproduction, use or dissemination (either whole or in part) is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachments from your system. </span></i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#E36C0A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>