PARCC Technology Bulletin 8-15-16

The following communication was developed to help school and district Technology Coordinators prepare for and administer the 2016-2017 PARCC assessments. Monthly technology updates will include technology information, implementation resources, hot topics, and troubleshooting guidance. Previous Technology Bulletins are stored at The next communication is tentatively scheduled for September 21, 2016.

Important Update: PearsonAccessnext and TestNav Version Updates

On August 12, 2016, the PearsonAccessnext Training Center and the non-secure Tutorials and Practice Tests received version updates to prepare for Fall testing. While no action is required to take advantage of the practice content, there are new application versions of TestNav and ProctorCache, which will be required for secure testing. Visit to download the updated applications.

Please review the list of enhancements to each system shown below. To review more detailed information on technology changes for Fall 2016, a PARCC 2016 Fall Block Technology Crosswalk has been posted to Avocet.


  • Student Enrollment limited to one Organization at a time
  • Prepare Test Sessions
  • Student Testing Tickets
  • Email and phone numbers collected when users create Additional Orders
  • Default file extension “CSV” for File Import/Export
  • Removed “Update Cache” button on the Students in Sessions screen


  • Practice Test and Tutorials available in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers
  • Blacklist applications (Coming soon)
  • iOS TestNav app updates
  • TI Graphing Calculator movement
  • Drawing Interaction enhancements
  • ChromeOS touchscreen support
  • Windows touchscreen support on the TestNav Desktop App
  • Answer Eliminator tool available on Hot-Spot Interactions

Additional notes:

  • The PearsonAccessnext and TestNav version updates will take effect on state production sites by Monday, August 15, 2016.
  • Oncreen keyboard is not supported when using Windows or ChromeOS touchscreen devices. External or built-in keyboards are required.

TestNav Apps for Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 PARCC Administration will likely require TestNav application updates in January 2017. This will include updates to the following apps:

  • TestNav Desktop (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
  • TestNav Android App
  • TestNav Chromebook App
  • TestNav iPad App

Future Technology Bulletins will provide more details and estimated release dates.

iOS TestNav App Updates (Automatic Assessment Configuration & Microphone Use)Important Reminder:

An updated iOS TestNav app was released on August 5, 2016 and two important changes were introduced. Please review the Pearson Technical Bulletin (Upcoming Changes to Testing on iOS) regarding how the changes listed below will impact your school and the appropriate next steps.

  • Apple introduced Automatic Assessment Configuration (AAC) with iOS 9.3.2, which affects the setup and sign-in processes for assessments that require kiosk mode. This new feature eliminates the need for Guided Access Mode or other administrative methods of locking down iPads. The TestNav app will now control when the testing device locks by prompting students during their sign-in process. The testing device will automatically unlock when the student either completes the test or logs out of TestNav.
  • Pearson has added an “Enable Microphone Permission” prompt in the updated TestNav app for iOS, which appears when you start TestNav for the first time following the update. This is a one-time task, but is required. TestNav will persistently prompt users to enable permission to “use” the microphone prior to navigating to a Sign In page. Follow the on-screen directions to enable the microphone.

Note: The setup instructions for iPads have also been updated:

Additional Resources

What resources are available?

What are the technical requirements and where are the setup instructions?
The TestNav 8 system requirements and the technology setup instructions are all available below:

PARCC Support Center

  • If you have questions regarding the administration of the PARCC assessments, please contact Pearson’s PARCC Support Center: 1-888-493-9888 (open Monday through Friday, 5:30am to 6:30pm CT) or
  • For state policy questions, please contact your state PARCC contact.

How to Enroll and Register a Student in PearsonAccess Next

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How to Enroll and Register a Student in Pearson Access Next

“Welcome to our video tutorial demonstrating how to enroll and register a new student in PearsonAccess Next. We begin with our first step which is enrolling a student.  Select the assessment administration using the drop down menu on the top of the page.  Next, click on the drop down menu for the set up tab and select students.  Click on the drop down menu under task and check the box next to create edit students then click start.  From the drop down menu under organization select the student’s school.  Type the students 10 digit state ID, then last name followed by the student’s date of birth.  And select the gender from the drop down menu.  Next type the students 10 digit local ID, then first name and middle initial if known.  Click create, and confirm that the record has been successfully saved.   Our next step is to register that same student for the assessment test. Begin this step by confirming the correct assessment administration is selected.  Next, click on the drop down menu for the set up tab and select students.  Search for your student by clicking the drop down menu under find students and select by ignoring PARCC opts Spring PBA 2015 registrations.   Type the student’s last name and click search.  Then check the box next to the student to be registered.  Click on the drop down menu under tasks and check the box next to registration.  Then click start.  Confirm the assigned organization is correct and you have the correct student.  Click the registered students tab at the top of the page, check the box next to registered and use the drop down menu to choose the grade level at the time of assessment.  Using the drop down menus, select the student’s ethnicity and race.  Select the applicable programs for the student.  The required fills are EL, G &T, economic status, Title III limited English proficient and Migrant status.  The remaining fills may be skipped if not applicable.  Click save and confirm that the registration was successfully saved.  We will now assign a student to a test. Click manage student tests at the top of the page and confirm the assigned box is checked.  Using the drop down menus select the correct student, test, organization, assessment location if used by your district, test format and if this is a retest, assessment session test administrator, classroom ID and staff member ID may be entered if used by your district.  Moving on to assessment accommodations, check the boxes for the applicable accommodations.  Notice the section is separated by paper and online, paper only and online only.  For administration considerations and accessibility features, check the boxes which apply to this student.  Check the box next to text-to-speech if applicable to this student.  For students with an IEP or a 504 plan check the boxes and use the drop down menus to select the student’s accommodations. Next, check the boxes and use the drop down menus to select the student’s EL accommodations.  For this section type, the information in each field must be known at the time of test assignment.  If not known at this time, this section maybe updated later.  Click create and confirm that this information has successfully been saved.  You have now completed the enrollment and registration process for a new student.  Exit this task by clicking exit this task in the upper right hand corner of the page.  Thank you for taking the time to view our video.”