Any education customers moving to Electronic State Assessment Tests?

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Are any Aerohive education customers moving to electronic state assessment tests this year? If so, we'd love to hear how its going or what kind of preparations (WLAN and LAN) you all are making.
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Elson Liu

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We're piloting Smarter Balanced online assessments for Michigan, and our upcoming Aerohive installation is a key part of our strategy. We hope to evaluate online testing using a variety of devices, including laptops, chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets.
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This year a district i was in took the online assessment. We used all our labs and all our laptop carts to do this. We were in the middle of cutting over our wireless from Cisco to Aruba (we piloted aerohive in one building the year before and it didnt make the cut for us.) The laptops used our wireless and both cisco and aruba preformed excellently. The problems we had were with our internet bandwidth (needed to be increased from 60mbps to 100mbps), internet filter (getting the right stuff unblocked was not so easy) and the company who hosted the online test had some issues with their program. For next year we are heading towards an AP per classroom and a one to one device deployment using a combo of the current laptops, ipads and adding ChromeBooks.

All the current wireless devices we use were 5ghz 802.11n capable. SSIDs were WPA2 AES only with all radio rates below 12mbs in 2.4ghz turned off and 5ghz band steering on. The wired network is all gig and our buildings have managed fiber between them.
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Our school system consists of about 20,000 students and has been administering online assessments for a few years now, but moved to giving a significant number of the State assessments online this past semester. With about 12,000 computers and 8,500 iOS devices in the school system, we utilize both wired and wireless devices for online assessments.

Our schools have a gigabit switched infrastructure and utilize Aerohive APs for wireless access.

In a high school, we have over 375 laptops and 750 iOS devices that connect to wireless using 34 Aerohive APs that are installed in the high school. We've had great performance from the APs in this high school. The school was our test pilot school for wireless access about 2 1/2 years ago. Because of the successful performance at the high school, we have installed Aerohive APs in all 35 schools in the district and have been very pleased with the APs' performance on a day to day basis and during last semester's online testing period. The Aerohive APs have been very easy to configure, manage, and update which is important to us also since we have about 1,000 APs in the school system now.
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Adam Seldow

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Virginia has had state online testing for a few years now, and we use Aerohive wireless to support official state testing in every grade level for over 50,000 students.
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Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced are saying that high-stakes tests will be delivered online (and preferably wirelessly in classrooms) by 2014.

That is one year away...since nearly all states belong to one or the other of the two initiatives....this will be on everyone's radar soon enough. We are going to need large numbers of wireless devices and high-quality wireless at all our schools.

This may seem like a huge hardship....but it is actually a gift. Having lots of devices and high-quality wireless is generally considered a good thing...and you don't have to limit their use to testing :)

Here are the PARCC guidelines for devices and bandwidth