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Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant



A disparity exists in the cost of Internet connectivity for Michigan schools. Some regions pay in excess of 30 times what some urban and suburban schools pay for this critical component of high stakes online assessment technology readiness. Ensuring that all schools can afford to purchase the needed connectivity is a critical foundation for high-stakes assessments. This statewide project will ensure that every Michigan school receives the most competitive price possible for Internet access and connectivity. As a result schools will be able to acquire the bandwidth needed for online assessments and that will enhance the educational process year round. Read More


The 22i grant supports implementation of online testing which will increase computer traffic to and from each K-12 building in the state. The goal of this activity, (establish a State-wide Educational Network or SEN), is to connect 100% of ISDs, LEAs and PSAs with the networking capacity needed to handle the increased traffic. The SEN will also lay the foundation for greater state-wide resource sharing between these entities. The SEN committee will work with ISDs, LEAs and PSAs to determine the best way to leverage existing networks, data centers and grant funds to meet the new networking demands and improve opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. Read More

Michigan Technology Readiness Assessment Tool (MTRAx)

This next activity seeks to establish a state-wide technology readiness planning process through the deployment of the Michigan Technology Readiness Assessment Tool (MTRAx) to all schools (LEAs, PSAs and ISDs) in the state. The MTRAx application will use data about the technology device and network environment provided by each district to gauge that district's readiness for online testing at the building, district and ISD level based on predetermined criteria for the requirements for online testing (e.g. number and specification of devices available, network bandwidth and others). The MTRAx application will also be developed to provide on-demand data update and reporting capabilities, add an instructional component to allow for the development of a Michigan Framework for Effective Use of Technology, and provide functionality for districts to use the application in the development of Technology Plans. The development and deployment of the various functionalities in MTRAx will occur in phases throughout the 2013/2014 school year. Read More

Classroom Readiness

The goal for Classroom Readiness is to build the capacity of Michigan educators to effectively plan and implement online assessments and "Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace" learning through increasing technology proficiency. Using a train-the-trainer model, this pilot project will provide collaboration opportunities for a statewide professional development network of K-12 educators with a training ground and resource base to improve technology proficiency and local district readiness for online assessments. Instructors throughout Michigan will have access to the training resources regardless if they are a member or not of the pilot. Read More

Device Purchasing

This activity is involved in developing, issuing and administering statewide bids for personal computing devices and desktop computers in order to support on-line testing and the "Any Time, Any Place" initiative. The goal is to aggregate demand statewide for these devices to drive down the purchase price for these products. Projection and Purchasing tools have been secured for this purpose. Projections for these devices have been made by school districts from around the state and these projections have been shared with vendors. Bid responses are back on the personal computing devices and are being evaluated at this time. Read More

Data Integration

This next initiative, Data Integration, will bring a new level of efficiency to the use of student data in Michigan. Currently, a school's operation of multiple systems that use the same student data relies on some combination of redundant data entry, home-grown processes to bridge data between applications or the purchase of expensive data bridging systems. Through this sixth activity, Data Integration,  regional "Data Hubs" will be established to handle this need in a centralized system that eliminates having the same data bridges being built in multiple schools throughout the state. The system also will greatly streamline statistical analysis at the state level and allow huge efficiency gains in complying with state reporting requirements. Read More

Assessment & Curriculum

The Assessment & Curriculum portion will focus on giving schools the knowledge, skills, and resources to help teachers effectively use the data from assessments to inform classroom instruction and help support student learning. Resources were developed through a partnership with the Michigan Assessment Consortium to support formative assessment practices, balanced assessment systems, and management of ongoing assessments within a school or classroom.  Going forward, Assessment & Curriculum is working on building digital textbooks. Read More

Data Service Collaboratives

Funding from the Data Services Collaborative Grant grant will be used to oversee the creation or expansion of collaboratives that support online assessment readiness in Michigan. A data service collaborative represents any centralized technology collaboration around software systems, network infrastructure, staffing, or other technology services. These collaborations will leverage current TRIG activity work and support the overall intent of the TRIG grant which is to prepare districts for online assessment readiness. Read More

Targeted Site Transformation

The goal of the Targeted Site Transformation (TST) Activity is to help transform schools into one-to-one learning environments where best practices of 21st century instruction and learning can occur. This activity will continue the work of the Whole School Technology Transformation (WSTT) grant which funded the transformation of fourteen sites (approximately 5,000 students) across Michigan during the 2014-15 school year. Read More

Strategic Readiness Support

The TRIG Strategic Readiness Support (SRS) project will use data to systematically identify schools in need of support and target resources in a way that best meets the specific needs of a school, district or community. The mission of the SRS Activity is to dramatically increase the readiness level for online assessment in Michigan by providing strategic supports designed to sustainably increase technical and instructional readiness. Read More