From @MsMagiera, I found out that the Common Core State Standards assessment, that is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or PARCC assessments as they are called, will be optimized for desktops and tablet computers, including iPads.  This is good news for districts and schools who have begun to invest in mobile learning initiatives with tablet computers.

It does not look like from the table below that PARCC will accommodate small smartphone or iPod Touch screens. I believe these hardware and operating systems specs are a start.  However, I also believe they will need to spell out very soon that in order to make all of this work they will have to agree to HTML 5.  This may be obvious to make the assessments run on both PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS.

You can read more about the PARCC assessment and the technology specification in the short quote below and the link to the technology page:

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) issued guidance designed to inform schools and districts as they make annual instructional technology purchases. The guidelines include hardware and operating system specifications covering the vast majority of commercially available computers and tablets.

via Technology | PARCC.

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