Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Eva Belanyiova, tru welu, Blue Box Blog, Kevin Jackson, Peter Silva

News Feed Item

Xirrus' Common Core Wi-Fi Kit Equips Schools to Handle Impending Online Testing Requirements

$2500 Kit Provides Everything Needed for Seamless Wireless Connectivity for 100+ Students Simultaneously Testing Across Multiple Classrooms or Large Computer Labs

THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/09/14 -- Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance Wi-Fi, today announced the availability of an easy-to-deploy, low-cost wireless-network solution to support Common Core online testing. Surveys indicate that over 70 percent of K-12 schools nationwide are not prepared or have insufficient infrastructure to support Common Core testing in the 2014-2015 academic year. The Xirrus Common Core Wi-Fi kit provides a simple yet highly scalable way to address these concerns, including innovations to deliver predictable application performance and ensure a seamless testing experience. Xirrus also announced a new Common Core Testing Resource Center focused on sharing best practices with school IT organizations implementing Wi-Fi infrastructure for online testing.

"Cajon Valley Union School District has understood the need for and been keenly focused on developing robust wireless infrastructure for several years. The new method of Common Core testing has underscored that need," said Charles Allen, Director of Information Technology Services at Cajon Valley Union School District. "The Xirrus solution was chosen after a year of testing and against other manufacturers. Xirrus' expertise was crucial in implementing the needed upgrades for our infrastructure supporting Common Core testing. They uniquely understand the needs for electronic testing across the student body, and how to achieve maximum network uptime and performance for Common Core testing."

School IT departments are under tremendous pressure to support Common Core in short order. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are two multi-state consortiums working to roll out Common Core State Standards (CCSS) testing. Practice field-testing assessments will begin in the spring of 2014 with actual student assessments beginning the 2014-15 academic year.

Xirrus wireless solutions reduce the burden on school IT by requiring less equipment and providing zero-touch AP provisioning, simple cloud-based management, and automatic wireless configuration. The Xirrus solution lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) of wireless infrastructure for Common Core testing, enabling deployments with up to 75 percent less equipment and extending the value of wireless investments with software- and hardware-upgradeable technology.

"Schools are in the education business; we are in the Wi-Fi technology business. It is our responsibility to ensure school administrators have the knowledge, resources and guidance to successfully roll out Common Core testing and enhance the education process for everyone," said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus. "We work with dozens of 'digital super user' K-12 schools and bring unparalleled expertise in wireless infrastructure to the education industry. As schools acclimate to the new testing methods, Xirrus will continue to serve as a guidepost for planning and implementation of Wi-Fi networks to support critical programs such as Common Core testing."

Schools are moving to a 1:1 device-to-student ratio at a rapid pace, requiring educators to more quickly adopt technology and digital media to enable the migration from paper-based to electronic testing methods -- as is the case with Common Core testing. The shift to electronic testing is now here, yet only 14 percent of teachers use digital curricula and only 19 percent use subject-specific digital content tools weekly.

Implementation of Common Core requires significant effort from administrators seeking funding from a variety of sources, including local bonds, common core funding from state governments, E-Rate, E-Rate 2.0, ConnectED, and categorical grants from the federal government. Given the amount of funding at stake, schools must upgrade their Wi-Fi networks to support network access by all of their students at the same time. Testing may be the most demanding application: network slowdowns or glitches could prevent students from completing their tests, skewing results and leading to reductions in funding.

The Xirrus Common Core Wi-Fi kit consists of a 4 radio Wireless Array, Application Control, and tripod for portable mounting. It is available today at a price of $2,500.

For more information, visit the Xirrus Common Core Resource Center at http://www.xirrus.com/Splash/Common-Core

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of WI-FI optimized solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

Xirrus and XR Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"Cloud consumption is something we envision at Solgenia. That is trying to let the cloud spread to the user as a consumption, as utility computing. We want to allow the people to just pay for what they use, not a subscription model," explained Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "First Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. The “Second Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place November 3-5, 2015, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in San...
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it!
"For the past 4 years we have been working mainly to export. For the last 3 or 4 years the main market was Russia. In the past year we have been working to expand our footprint in Europe and the United States," explained Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
ThingsExpo New York is offering a limited time FREE "Expo Plus" registration option in New York. On site registration price of $1,95 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register during special offer. To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the coupon code, and secure their registration to attend all keynotes, ThingsExpo sessions, expo floor, and SYS-CON.tv power panels. Special FREE registration givess access to all DevOps, Containers and Microservices sessions as well. Regi...
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
"At Harbinger we do products as well as services. Our services are with helping companies move their products to the cloud operating systems. Some of the challenges we have seen as far as cloud adoption goes are in the cloud security space," noted Shrikant Pattathil, Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. SUSE provides reliable, interoperable Linux, cloud infrastructure and storage solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 20 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help ...
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
The 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - announces that its Call for Papers is open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
The only place to be Nov 3-5 is Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo | DevOps Summit 2015 West at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT, Big Data and DevOps companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked...
"Ulunsoft is a start-up that focuses on how enterprises build cloud-based IT infrastructure for business," explained Haibo Zhu, President of Ulunsoft Corp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.