Tim Ridgway, vice president of Marketing for Califone, shares five important things readers may not know about what technology schools need for Common Core assessments

av-common-coreMuch of the talk surrounding the Common Core State Standards has been about the content being taught, but few are discussing the audio hardware that districts need to have in place to deliver this content to students.

AV equipment is a small but integral component for successfully implementing the Common Core. Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments require students be provided with headphones, and these pieces of technology also assist educators in delivering instruction.

Evolving technology and instruction demands in the classroom means AV equipment is advancing to meet the needs of today’s schools. Here’s a look at five of the top AV trends for the Common Core in 2014.

Trend 1: Assessment Requirements

Knowing exactly what type of technology is needed for Common Core assessments isn’t always obvious. Districts are combing through the details outlined in the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, to learn what students need for testing.

Currently, PARCC assessments require headphones be available for all students in the English Language Arts/Literacy testing sessions. Headphones must also be available for students who need them for accommodations (such as text-to-speech) in the mathematics testing sessions.

Smarter Balanced also requires headphones for the English language arts test, and must be provided to students who require text-to-speech features.

(Next page: Trends 2-4)