Are You Ready to Make the Move to Online Testing?

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Make a Seamless Transition with VMware Horizon View By Geoff Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, VMware

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  • 1.Are You Ready to Make the Move to Online Testing? Make a Seamless Transition with VMware Horizon View Geoff Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, VMware

2. 2 Agenda Common Core State Standards Initiative Background Online Testing Status and Challenges VMware Horizon View Solution for Online Testing Customer Case Studies Summary and Next Steps 3. 3 Goal and History of the Common Core State Standards Problem Statement Inconsistent academic standards across different schools and states U.S. educational system falling behind globally Goal of Common Core Prepare students for college and work All students must be prepared to compete both domestically and globally Common Core Development State led, not a federal mandate Work began in summer 2009 Multiple rounds of feedback from states, teachers, researchers, higher education, and the general public Final Common Core State Standards released on June 2, 2010 Example: 8th Grade Math Scores Source: 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 4. 4 Common Core Adoption 87%of K-12 students in the U.S. live in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards**EdWeek, July 2013 5. 5 Common Core Timeline *EdWeek, July 2013 2014-2015School year to be digitally readyfor CCSS Online Assessments* 6. 6 Example Math Standard and Question Standard Operations & Algebraic Thinking 5.OA Write and interpret numerical expressions. 5.OA.1. Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols. Sample Question 7. 7 Funding the Common Core Standards Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion U.S. Dept. of Education contest created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K-12 education Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 One of the components of the Race to the Top program involves Standards and Assessments On September 2, 2010, the Secretary of Education announced that it had awarded two groups of states grants to develop a new generation of tests Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC): $170M SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC): $160M 8. 8 PARCC Technical Requirements Minimum bandwidth requirements Security Control of Internet access No use of cameras (still and video) Disable screen capture (live and recorded) No Email access Devices No access to instant messaging No Bluetooth connections No application switching No printing 9. 9 Smarter Balanced Technical Requirements Sep 2012: Awarded Online Testing Platform Contract to American Institutes for Research (AIR) Bandwidth Estimate that the Smarter Balanced assessment will require1020 Kbps per student or less Custom AIR secure browser download required Monitors activity on the computer Stops testing if any other programs run that may compromise the security of the test Devices PCs, Macs, tablets, Chromebooks, thin clients, virtual desktops 10. 10 State Consortium Alignment PARCC Smarter Balanced Undetermined 11. 11 Agenda Common Core State Standards Initiative Background Online Testing Status and Challenges VMware Horizon View Solution for Online Testing Customer Case Studies Summary and Next Steps 12. 12 Online Testing Status Mindshare 13. 13 Online Testing Status Preparedness 14. 14 Online Testing Challenges Budget and Devices 69%of schools need more district provided devices*, but only18%of the technology budget is spent on hardware**CDE, September 2013 15. 15 Online Testing Challenges High Availability and Scalability In April 2013, Indiana students in Grades 3-8 began taking online portions of the states standardized test, the ISTEP+ Between 8 and 9 a.m., the testing website began locking students out of the exam Some students were unable to log into their exams Others were locked out of the testing website during their exams, forcing students to wait in front of Please Wait screens featuring an image of a globe the infamous globe screen In total, the computer problems disrupted around 30,000 testing sessions 16. 16 Agenda Common Core State Standards Initiative Background Online Testing Status and Challenges VMware Horizon View Solution for Online Testing Customer Case Studies Summary and Next Steps 17. 17 The Desktop Virtualization Solution Desktop Virtualization Users access virtual desktops running in the data center Desktop Virtualization for Online Testing Benefits Budget Centralized management reduces operational expenses Space savings as computer labs can be transformed into testing centers with limited downtime Devices Support for a variety of clients including repurposed old PCs and tablets Availability and Scalability Reduced desktop downtime and increased availability New users can be up and running quickly Security Data and applications reside in secure data centers 18. 18 VMware Horizon View Qualification with Pearson 19. 19 Pearson TestNav Overview Pearson Education PearsonAccess online assessment management system TestNav test delivery system Online browser based testing No client required TestNav was launched in 2001 20. 20 Only two vendors have been approved as TestNav Qualified VMware and Ncomputing NComputing uses a proprietary platform Citrix is not TestNav Qualified Qualification Standards No error messages Fast load time No noticeable lag time while interacting No significant lag with video, audio and test items Security from login to submit No access to other applications or content No screen captures, printing, or saving of the display screen All data is encrypted between client and server for the entirety of the usage period VMware TestNav Qualification Additional details can be found at: http://testnavqualified.com/ 21. 21 Agenda Common Core State Standards Initiative Background Online Testing Status and Challenges VMware Horizon View Solution for Online Testing Customer Case Studies Summary and Next Steps 22. 22 Case Study Aledo Independent School District Based in Aledo, Texas, Aledo ISD provides K-12 education to a student population of approximately 4,600, with 280 teachers and 145 administrative staff in nine schools. Weve had tremendous success using VMware Horizon View for Pearson TestNav. Testing season brings a lot of stress to not only students but the staff as well. VMware Horizon View allows IT departments to facilitate these tests in a high availability environment, which is extremely comforting. Brooks Moore, DCS Technology Help Desk Manager, Aledo Independent School District www.vmware.com/go/AledoVideo 23. 23 Case Study Tyler Independent School District In order to provide enough PCs for on-line testing weve had to image our computer labs for testing which meant losing them for regular instruction until the testing period was over. Now, using a VMware Horizon View virtual desktop to access Pearson TestNav allows us to simply have our students access the appropriate testing VDI image during the test. Now we no longer have to touch the computers labs for testing and valuable instruction time isnt lost as normal use is simply a matter of selecting the base student image at login. This is a great labor and instruction saver for our district. John Orbaugh, Director of Technology Services, Tyler Independent School District 24. 24 Case Study Coppell Independent School District Using VMware Horizon View with the Pearson TestNav test delivery system ensures that our tests are administered in a secure environment that preserves the integrity of the results. Test environments are booted directly to our computer labs and if any attempt is made to escape out of the test, the test taker is locked out of the test. We initially rolled out VMware virtual desktops on a small scale in the Summer of 2012 but with the success that weve had, we now plan on rolling it out to all computer labs within our district. Chad Branum, Executive Director of Technology Coppell Independent School District 25. 25 Agenda Common Core State Standards Initiative Background Online Testing Status and Challenges VMware Horizon View Solution for Online Testing Customer Case Studies Summary and Next Steps 26. 26 Summary Common Core standards were developed in 2010 to address uneven education performance in the U.S. and prepare students for college and work both domestically and internationally Compliance with Common Core is being driven primarily by the PARCC and SBAC state consortiums with a target for the 2014-2015 school year Challenges with complying with PARCC and SBAC online testing requirements include budget, lack of devices, availability and scalability VMware Horizon View addresses these challenges and offers a proven and validated solution for delivering online testing in a virtual desktop environment 27. 27 Next Steps Learn more about VMwares online testing solution at: www.vmware.com/go/K12OnlineTesting Connect with Us: VMware Community communities.vmware.com Facebook Facebook/horizonview Twitter twitter.com/vmwareview LinkedIn linkedin.com/groups?gid=65932 28. 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