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070161280020000Independence Jr High School070161280021003DawnGreenSuperintendent708-597-9040dgreen@palos128.orgReason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation, Reason 4: Other
Digital literacy curriculum is not being implemented, Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
We have been working under the assumption that we had three more years of paper/pencil testing available to us if we wanted it.  When I started as superintendent two years ago I was told that we could take paper/pencil until our current contract with PEARSON ran out.  As a new superintendent in the district I wanted to have three years of the same test to use as a solid data point, so that when we moved to online and there is a possible score reduction, we would have data that shows that the move to online might have been a contributing factor.  If we had been doing online all along, or after the first year when it became the single test that it is now, this would not be as big of an issue.  Additionally, at this late date, I have teachers who are inconsolable with the idea that we may have to do it online this year as they have not been preparing our students as much as they should have since we were told we had three more years.  They are very concerned at this late date that it will have a negative impact on scores and our parents/community will not be accepting or understand.  This is a very big concern for our district at this late date.
We have taken NWEA Map online, but students are not required to do the amount of writing or use math tools such as are required with the PARCC test.
There have been numerous articles comparing online to paper/pencil so that we know this will possibly have an impact on our scores.  We have been preparing our school board, parents, and community for this, but were counting on having three years of paper/pencil data to show the likely more accurate measure of our students knowledge.  Writing in our classrooms has primarily been done by hand, and we need to move towards using our devices for writing in order to be better prepared.  At this late date, this would not be a test that would show our knowledge of ELA and Math, but a test that shows our lack of knowledge in word processing, drag and drop, etc.
We are having our staff work with students more on word processing, drag and drop, and other online features that we have not prepared students for as much as we will need to in order for them to be successful taking the test online.
Yes
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170540230260000Mount Pulaski Elem School170540230262002HeatherFrickeTechnology Coordinator2177927220hfricke@mtpulaski.k12.il.usReason 4: Other
We are a 1:1 iPad only district. We do not have keyboards for administration of this test. While it is noted that only a touchscreen iPad is a minimum requirement, it puts our students at a disadvantage to those districts who can afford keyboards or who have desktop devices on which their students test.
We did not participate in Spring 2017 online testing  because the iPad 2 was not supported and we did not have keyboards.
The method of testing does not align with the personalized learning initiative we have in place for our K-8 students in which the SAMR model of learning is used. Requesting that we obtain desktops or keyboards just to satisfy a testing requirement would be a waste of district funds as they are not needed for our instructional paradigm. ISBE can help by providing keyboards for iPad use or mobile testing labs. We do not see a value in purchasing keyboards at the elementary level as they will not be used for instructional purposes throughout the year in K-8. We would be purchasing them only for testing, which doesn't seem logical or economically justified.
Yes
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130140620020000Damiansville Elem School130140620022001MarkHeuringSuperintendent6182485188mheuring@damiansvilleelem.comReason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation
Lack of exposure to technology devices by students
We participated in the online testing with our 8th grade students.  We had a few minor issues that caused us to call Pearson.  However, we were able to complete the testing.
We are working to get to a point where our students in grades 5-8 can take the test online.  We have been adding additional Chromebooks to district and hopefully in future be able to implement the testing by adding additional grade levels.
Yes
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130141415020000St Rose Elem School130141415022001PatriciaCornellSuperintendent6185267484pcornell@strosedistrict14-15.comReason 2: Lack of Network Stability60ChromebooksChrome OSWisperWireless2 x 20
Wisper service is good on some days and not good on others.  There is an issue with the towers in the area being bought by a private provider who is working to bring fiber optics to the area.  I hope to see great improvements in the next year or two.
We are requesting paper/pencil for grades 3 & 4 only.  Our students in grades 5-8 tested online and did well on some days and not so good on others.  We arranged schedules as needed to accommodate inconsistent wireless service.
Students in grades 3&4 have limited proficiency on computers even though they have used them since kindergarten.  They are exposed to them as an important part of learning in second grade with increased emphasis in grades 3 & 4.  They are fully ready for online testing by Grade 5.
We are working with SuperHighwayIllinois and e-rate funding to increase connectivity.  We are communicating with the independent provider to get fiber optics to the building. Once this is done, we will move towards increased computers and their use by students at our primary level.
Yes
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450670050260000Rogers Elem School450670050262004JohnSchmiegDistrict Testing Coodinator6189393453jschmieg@wcusd5.netReason 2: Lack of Network Stability, Reason 4: Other2124653903.750Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers), ChromebooksChrome OS, Windows 7 or higherHarrisonville Telephone CompanyFiber500 mb
Chromebooks are older and may not be compatible with testing app.  Desktops in labs are older and use n-computing thin clients that are not reliable.
We do not possess the computer personnel to devote to organizing and implementing  online testing  while continuing to provide support for daily technology related requests/issues.  In addition, the lack of devices would disrupt the school environment for weeks while we can generally get paper testing done in one week.
We participated in 2016 in some schools and the wireless network failed on multiple occasions.
Possibly purchasing some updated devices, but not enough to test online without taking multiple weeks and disrupting the whole educational environment.
Yes
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330482020260000Mable Woolsey Elem School330482020262002TaraBahnksPrincipal3092894134tbahnks@bluebullets.orgReason 4: Other
With a timed test, 3rd and 4th graders cannot manipulate an iPad keyboard in order to type out written responses.  We online tested 2 years ago and had horrific scores on our written responses.  This is unfair for 8 to 10 year olds to have to type out thoughts and processes when they have had very little exposure to keyboards.  Our district also cannot afford wired keyboards for students to use and this still does not solve the issue of the tests being timed and the students having enough time to complete a thought, much less expand on that thought.  We have wireless keyboards, but the problem we ran into a couple of years ago is that one iPad will pick up on another student's wireless keyboard and then render it useless because we would have to shut down the iPad in order to reconnect it.  We teach students to use brainstorming techniques through pencil/paper tasks in order to organize their thoughts before they write.  In order to do this and type a response, they are completing 3 steps:  brainstorm, write a rough draft, then type your response - that takes more time than a student is allotted to complete 1 section of a test.
We paper/pencil tested last year, which showed more of our students academic ability than the previous year on the iPads
I think it is unfair for students 3-6 to be expected to type extended responses.  If we could somehow have paper/pencil for all written responses and then computerized for the other components, that would be much more indicative of what our students are capable of showing what they know.
This has nothing to do with the number of devices.  We have enough devices for our students and we use those devices consistently throughout the day; however, this has everything to do with the fact that our students cannot manipulate a formulated response through typing on an iPad keyboard at this age.  ISBE can support schools by allowing younger grades to complete either paper/pencil or a hybrid of online for multiple choice and paper/pencil for all written responses.
Yes
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540920100260000Potomac Elem School540920100262001LarryMaynardSuperintendent / Principal217-987-6155maynardl@potomac.k12.il.usReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices, Reason 2: Lack of Network Stability, Reason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation9648240504307.050ChromebooksChrome OSGifford WirelessWireless10
We do not have a technology person available to assist and troubleshoot during the assessment.
Lack of exposure to technology devices by students, Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
We were a paper/pencil district for assessment for PARCC.
As a new Superintendent/Principal, I am looking into Erate in order to help us with bandwidth and devices.
As a new Superintendent/Principal, I am currently working with an E-rate provider in order to help us increase bandwidth and devices.
Yes
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450670050260000Gardner Elementary School450670050262005JohnSchmiegDistrict Test Coordinator6189393453jschmieg@wcusd5.netReason 2: Lack of Network Stability, Reason 4: Other150Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers), ChromebooksChrome OS, Windows 7 or higherHarrisonville Telephone CompanyFiber500 split between 5 buildings
Chromebooks may not be compatible because they are older.
We do not possess the computer personnel to devote to organizing and implementing  online testing  while continuing to provide support for daily technology related requests/issues.  In addition, the lack of devices would disrupt the school environment for weeks while we can generally get paper testing done in one to one and a half weeks.
We tried two grade levels at Gardner Elementary School in 2016.  Connecting to the wireless network and multiple speed issues prevented successful implementation.
May purchase some replacement devices, but not enough to prevent the disruption to the learning environment for multiple weeks.
Yes
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090101970040000Prairieview-Ogden Jr High Sch090101970041001JeffIsenhowerPrincipal217-582-2725isenhowerj@pvo.k12.il.usReason 2: Lack of Network Stability30Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers), ChromebooksWindows 7 or higherFrontierDSL15 Mbs
We participated in the technology readiness in 2011-2012 and did a test run at the junior high.  Multiple machines bogged down, it was not pretty.
Bandwidth is a big issue at the junior high.  The physical address is 2499 CR 2100 E, Thomasboro, IL 61878.
We have been searching for different ideas for the past 5+ years to boost the bandwidth at the JH.  Frontier "might" be able to pump us up to 25Mb but we started on it in August and so far there has not been responses from Frontier.  They are the best option for us in that area.
Yes
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340490500040000Woodland Elementary340490500042006StevenThomasAsst Supt Teaching and Learning847-596-5621sthomas@dist50.netReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices, Reason 4: Other5902743501623853.5
We have shifted four grade levels to online this year, 4th through 7th, they were all paper last year.  At Woodland this means over 2600 more students will take the PARCC exam online than in 2017.  3rd grade, however, does not have sufficient computer access to test in the new shorter window this year without splitting the test over the entire March 7th to April 20th testing window, while the other grade levels in the district test in a nearly one week period.  Having 3rd on paper will allow the entire district to test on the same dates in April after our Spring break and Parent Teacher Student conferences in March.
The impact of online testing with our 3rd grade continues to be a logistical difficulty. With our high number of EL students that require accommodations and the the high number of Special Education students that require different testing environments, I fear this generic calculation does not account for the small testing environments that needs o take place.  For us two sessions a day and one class per lab so as not to slit up classroom instruction during the week can easily get lost in a macro calculation.  Added to the fact that younger students with first time experiences with PARCC require more initial support and transition time than older students.  These should be considered in the final calculation. We have not objections to testing online as a concept.
We are grade level center schools that are large.  Two of our schools have been in the top 10 largest schools in the state with enrollments 1687 and 2010.  That makes it difficult to test using a computer lab environment which is what we must do in 3rd grade.
We will be adding 2400 students to online this year.  We have moved to 1:1 as quickly as fiscally available which is now in grades 4th through 8th.
Yes
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450670050260000Waterloo Junior High School450670050261001JohnSchmiegDistrict Test Coordinator6189393453jschmieg@wcusd5.netReason 2: Lack of Network Stability, Reason 4: Other150Chromebooks, Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers)Chrome OS, Windows 7 or higherHarrisonville Telephone CompanyFiber500 splite between 5 buildings
We do not possess the computer personnel to devote to organizing and implementing  online testing  while continuing to provide support for daily technology related requests/issues for non testing schools.  In addition, the lack of devices would disrupt the school environment for weeks while we can generally get paper testing done in one to one and a half weeks.
Participated in 2 out of 3 grades at Waterloo Junior high School in 2015.  Many devices would not connect through wireless network due to overload. Not enough internet spped for five buildings to use connect and use simultaneously.
May be purchasing more devices, but funds for updating wireless infrastructure and purchasing faster internet for hundreds of devices to be connected and one time is a major issue.
Yes
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470981450040000Montmorency CCSD #145470981450042001AlexMooreSuperintendent815-625-6616amoore@mgs145.netReason 2: Lack of Network Stability100Laptops (wireless), Chromebooks, Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers)Windows 7 or higher, Chrome OSNIUnetFiber20 Mbps
During the typical school day we experience difficulties connecting to the internet/network to the point where it even brings typical business activities to a halt.
While we were able to successfully complete testing on-line, due to technical issues our schedule was interrupted to the point that it diminished student learning opportunities.
We want our students to have a fair chance to be successful on the PARCC assessment.
With E-Rate funding we are attempting to increase bandwidth, upgrade our wireless network and overall network capabilities.
Yes
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390740050260000Bement Elementary School390740050262001SheilaGreenwoodSupt./PK-5 Principal217-678-4200 ext. 3sgreenwood@bement.k12.il.usReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices12160765704205.4
No, we did not.
By using our testing devices, all other classes will be denied access to technology for all of their classes for weeks.  It is unfair to completely change the curriculum when we can avoid it and continue with our curriculum and assessments by utilizing paper and pencil.
We will continue to purchase more devices as money becomes available.  When we finally get to the point where we can do the assessments online and still be able to have some devices to continue "having school", we will make the transition.
Yes
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120400010260000Newton Elem School120400010262002KathyJohnsonPrincipal618-784-8464kjohnson@jccu1.orgReason 2: Lack of Network Stability351ChromebooksChrome OSNew WaveFiber100 Mbps (shared between 3 schools)
We share our bandwidth with the high school and junior high school. We have concerns about all devices being used at the same time while sharing the bandwidth. The junior high currently tests online for PARCC.
Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
We took paper/pencil in Spring 2017
We are concerned that our students have not had enough exposure working on the Chromebooks at a level that makes them proficient at typing and manipulating the touchpad in order to answer questions in a way that reflects their knowledge level.
We would need to increase our bandwidth and provide academic time in order for students to become more proficient in keyboarding, etc.
Yes
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090101970040000Prairieview-Ogden North Elem090101970042001JeffIsenhowerPrincipal217-582-2725isenhowerj@pvo.k12.il.usReason 2: Lack of Network Stability25Hard-wired devices (laptops or desktop computers), ChromebooksWindows 7 or higherFrontierDSL15 Mbs
North Elementary participated during the technology readiness (actually the year before) for the test roll out.  Again, multiple bog downs.
Not enough band width available for the village of Royal
Continue searching for alternatives for improving band width.
Yes
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090101970040000Prairieview-Ogden South Elem090101970042002JeffIsenhowerPrincipal217-582-2725isenhowerj@pvo.k12.il.usReason 4: Other
Two of the three schools in the district do not have the band width needed for testing online.  South Elementary is good to go BUT the grades immediately before and immediately after this school do not have sufficient band width.  To keep the district comparing apples to apples and making use of the recent data we prefer to be uniform throughout the district.
Once the other two buildings in the district are up to speed with band width we will be good to go.
Yes
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470980050260000Challand Middle School470980050261006MattBirdsleyPrincipal8156263300mbirdsley@sps5.orgReason 4: Other
We did the online testing in year 2 with our iPads and the experience was horrible.  The app was inconsistent and we could only test one grade at a time because of our network.  This resulted in it taking 3 plus weeks to test all three grade levels.  This disrupted our learning environment for over three weeks at all grade levels.  Additionally, students do not try during the online testing and just hit next.  Multiple studies have been done to prove this.
Did paper and pencil and it was excellent was done testing in one week for 770 students.
There are too many tests that take too much time.  Over 6 hours of testing is crazy for an adolescent.
ISBE can support by reducing the amount of time/sessions students must take on PARCC.  It is just way too much time spent on testing.  If it was maybe 4 total sections (2 ELA and 2 Math) and shorter length we would do online because then we can get everyone done much quicker and get back to teaching and learning.
Yes
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470980050260000Washington Elem School470980050262010LindsyStumpenhorstPrincipal8156252372lstumpenhorst@sps5.orgReason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementationapprox. 14071400704006.2
Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
Students are not fluent typists nor have we implemented a one to one learning environment that would expose students to frequent and seamless use of technology while assessing. Also, our district level assessments have not been given electronically and thus students are not familiar with this testing environment.
Yes
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400310030260000North Greene Elem400310030262002MarkScottSuperintendent217-374-2842 ext. 5mscott@northgreene.comReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices254457500753953.6
We experienced network problems and multiple issues with our devices when PARCC testing took place in 2016.
Provide more funding for rural schools to upgrade their technology.
Yes
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400310030260000North Greene Jr/Sr High Sch400310030260001MarkScottSuperintendent217-374-2842 ext. 5mscott@northgreene.comReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices13786584013740612.4
We experienced multiple issues with our devices and internet systems during online PARCC testing in 2016
Provide more funding for rural schools to upgrade technology.
Yes
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470980030260000PLT Middle School470980030261004StevenKastorffPrincipal815-537-5084skastorff@plt3.orgReason 4: Other
Students who take the PARCC exams via computer tend to score lower than those who take the exams with paper and pencil. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html
Occasional technology issues caused testing disruptions for students throughout the testing process.
There are concerns that students' technology skills necessary for PARCC testing are, in cases, obstacles to reliable data on their true content knowledge.
A comparison of paper administration results to previous online administration results will determine if any discrepancies exist. If not, then a return to online administration will be acceptable. ISBE can support this by gathering data on whether such discrepancies exist throughout the State.
Yes
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470980030260000Prophetstown Elem School470980030262006JustinHoveyPrincipal815-537-2345jhovey@plt3.orgReason 4: Other
Students who take the  PARCC exams via computer tend to score lower than those who take the exams with paper and pencil. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html
Occasional technology issues caused testing disruptions for students throughout the testing process.
There are concerns that students' technology skills necessary for PARCC testing are, in cases, obstacles to reliable data on their true content knowledge.
A comparison of paper administration results to previous online administration results will determine if any discrepancies exist. If not, then a return to online administration will be acceptable. ISBE can support this by gathering data on whether such discrepancies exist throughout the State.
Yes
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470980030260000Tampico Elem School470980030262005JamesGeerPrincipal815-438-2255jgeer@plt3.orgReason 4: Other
Students who take the  PARCC exams via computer tend to score lower than those who take the exams with paper and pencil. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html
Occasional technology issues caused testing disruptions for students throughout the testing process.
There are concerns that students' technology skills necessary for PARCC testing are, in cases, obstacles to reliable data on their true content knowledge.
A comparison of paper administration results to previous online administration results will determine if any discrepancies exist. If not, then a return to online administration will be acceptable. ISBE can support this by gathering data on whether such discrepancies exist throughout the State.
Yes
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210281880260000Zeigler-Royalton Elem School210281880262003LeighBaileyPrincipal6185962121lbailey@zr188.orgReason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation
Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
We did not do online testing in Spring of 2017.
Our 3rd-5th grade students have not learned to type.  Their writing skills cannot be sufficiently assessed using a computer.
As soon as funding for our school allows it, we will add this technology to our curriculum.
Yes
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200930170240000Allendale Elementary School200930170242001RobertBowserSuperintendent618-299-3161 (Ext 118)bbowser@allendaleschool.netReason 4: Other
I feel 3rd grade needs to take their first standardized test of this nature by using paper and pencil.
We had no issues in Spring of 2017.  All but 3rd grade and special needs have been using computers for testing.
None.
We are already testing 4th through 8th grade students online.  The only students in our building using paper and pencil are 3rd grade students and students with IEP's/504's.  I just feel, while it is still available, that it is best for our 3rd grade students to take it with paper and pencil.
Yes
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400310100260000Greenfield Elem School400310100262003JeremyLansawPrincipal217-368-2551jlansaw@greenfieldschools.orgReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices18239453041062.4
We are limited on computer space and then what our WiFi can handle.
We are looking into more chromebooks and getting our computer network/servers to be able to handle everyone testing online.
Yes
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450791390260000Chester Elem School450791390262002ShirleyStegmannCurriculum Director6188262302shirleystegmann@chester139.comReason 1: Lack of Testing Devices, Reason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation4282156251504214.6
Lack of exposure to technology devices by students, Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)
Overall, the experience was fine.  Some students complain about scrolling up and down often.  In addition, when testing on Chromebooks, the font is small and difficult for students to read.
My struggle is in the planning of testing with the shortage of devices in our building for testing.
I do like the ease of setting up online testing sessions over putting Pre-ID labels on books and organizing / collecting test books.
none
I have been adding online testing each year since I have been the curriculum director.  This is my third year in the position.  We are working to add devices and increase the time students are using the devices.  I am currently having just the 3rd and 4th graders in our district take paper testing.  My plan is to have 4th graders use Chromebooks for testing in the spring of 2019.  My 3rd grade teachers are worried that their students will find testing difficult on Chromebooks.  However, they are aware of the possibility of online testing in a couple of years and are trying to find ways to incorporate use of Chromebooks.  The trouble with this plan is that we are short on devices and have to share them in the building.  This is unfortunate because teachers struggle to find times to use technology in their lessons and all teachers are without Chromebooks for nearly a month as testing is ongoing.  In addition, there is the cost of purchasing new devices and then the upkeep and replacement costs every few years that comes with adding these devices to our district.  District finances are always a concern as times are tough in my district (like many other small schools).
Yes
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510840010260000Tri-City Elem School510840010262001KaraCumminsPrincipal217-364-4035kcummins@tricityschools.orgReason 3: Lack of Instructional Technology Implementation, Reason 1: Lack of Testing Devices11758140274353.2
Other, Lack of exposure to student programs/applications that support proficiency of the standards (e.g., word processing, interactive math programs, etc.)Lack of devices that can assess the students. We currently have 27 Chrome books. All other devices are outdated.
Science only. We were able to use our Chrome books and since it was only one grade we could schedule it to meet the needs for one subject.
Trying to find funds to purchase more Chrome books. Funding.
Yes
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340499000250000Prairie Crossing Charter School34049900025201CFrancesVerenskiDean/Student Services Administrative Assistant847-548-1286fverenski@pccharterschool.orgReason 2: Lack of Network Stability96ChromebooksChrome OSComcastT1100
For the past two years, we struggled getting the students scheduled to be testing online at the same time. We would always have a handful students who would lose internet connections and another handful of students who would experience their computer freezing up either upon log-in in or during the test or part of the question not loading correctly (videos, answers, etc).
Our concern is that with the issues of our connectivity, the students get frustrated when their testing gets disturbed and then their performance is effected.
We have been working with Comcast about our network issues, but due to financial issues, we are limited on what we can do at this point.
Yes
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190222000260000Bower Elem School190222000262016JulieOziemkowskiDirector of School Improvement630-682-2022julie.oziemkowski@cusd200.orgReason 4: Other
We need to acquire new proctor caching servers.
N/A
We are fine with online testing as a concept.
We will purchase and install additional proctor caching servers before the 2018 - 2019 school year.  For ISBE's part, please choose a shorter test (e.g., PARCC items, but far fewer). 10-12 hours of online testing per student makes an excessive demand on our devices and staff.  We do not have the Building Test Coordinator and Building Tech Coordinator that Pearson assumes we have, and that amount of testing time per student spreads us way too thin. Also, if we could use a system that does not require proctor caching (e.g., ISA), that would be much better. We have decent bandwidth and connectivity. Proctor caching demands servers, which cost $, and a great deal of additional staff time that we do not have.
Yes
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