Students must take the 21st Century Skills Assessment in technology once during their 8th-grade year. The majority of LEAs administer the assessment during a computer class, minimizing the impact on the rest of the school population. Other arrangements are made when a formal computer class is not available to students. With that understanding and to accommodate for unique situations, there are two testing windows, one in December to accommodate semester-one students and another one in May to accommodate semester-two students. Schools that have a year-long computer class will assess their students in May.
The testing windows for the current school year are:
- November 25 through December 24, 2013
- April 28 through May 23, 2014
Training sessions are offered in the fall. Webinars are available throughout the year. Training sessions are designed for those who administer, proctor, or coordinate the 21st Century Skills Assessment in technology for their 8th-grade students. During the training, participants will learn details about the assessment, proctoring, setting up classes for administering the assessment, and reporting. Attendees are encouraged to bring class lists to the training session.