Triton Data Collection System Benefits

The Triton Data Collection System provides a cost-effective testing solution with low infrastructure demands, intuitive interface and secure data collection capabilities for immediate results. The system combines the front end ease of paper testing with the back end ease, security, reliability and automation of computer-based testing for a solution compatible with multiple environments. Triton solves many common issues plaguing traditional testing methods, offering the following advantages:

  • Central administration web portal manages participants, proctors and test sites.
  • Creates a sub-network that does not require an Internet connection for test administration, ideal for low to no bandwidth environments.
  • Scalable system does not require software installation or IT setup.
  • Digital answer submission eliminates cost and hassle of bubble sheet collection.
  • Item response data is sent via patented RF technology, encrypted and secure from the point of answer submission until scoring is complete.
  • Promotes efficiency with on-demand data scoring and reporting within the system.
  • Simple import/export of data and the ability to integrate with any third party system.

Cost Calculator

Triton offers benefits that significantly reduce the cost of testing per student and maximizes the use of ResponseCard NXT clicker, compatible with Turning Technologies existing polling solutions for everyday assessments. In light of the current fiscal constraints faced by many organizations, a solution that reduces the costs associated with bubble sheet examinations and evaluations could also have significant return on investment. According to a study conducted by The Assessment Solution Group, delivering a typical 22 item paper‐based scoring costs over $1.50 per evaluation (assuming labor costs are $15 per hour). The typical student takes five classes per semester with one final and one evaluation, for a total usage of 10 bubble sheets. Based on this average, a higher education institution with 10,000 students will spend over $150,000 per semester on paper-based examinations and evaluations.

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Testing Methods Comparability

A significant market need exists for a secure assessment device designed to replace the cost and time associated with the standard bubble sheets, expensive scanners and slow scoring processes. Computer-based testing has surfaced as a possible alternative to paper, yet inherent challenges such as broadband speed, internet-ready local area networks, computer station availability and computer lab space has limited this option. While Triton Data Collection System provides an alternative method of testing, comparability studies have verified that there is no statistical difference in results compared to paper-based testing.

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Customer Experience

Turning Technologies spent over two years testing the Triton Data Collection System. Field tests were conducted across K-12, Higher Education and Corporate markets to validate the reliability of the solution. The experience generated support from the institutions involved, as detailed in the testimonials retrieved from each test site.

“We just administered the test yesterday using the Turning Technologies clicker system - it was AMAZING! Kids loved it!”

Benjamin J.A. Mainka, Principal
Fowlerville Junior High School
MASSP Board of Directors

“Thank you. I have spoken to our students and they ALL seem very excited about not only taking the test but that they could be in a digitized room. This is exciting for us to see the kids engaged about a test. YEA.”

Pamela G. Kurtz
Department Chair
Student Services Center
Owosso High School

“We believe that the results we have received are very consistent with the results we were receiving on the pencil and paper tests prior to this two year test. The teachers believe that the students do not tire as easily using the clickers. It is not as foreign to them as following rows of bubbles on a sheet, which they rarely do in regular classroom instruction or assessment. While using clickers students have no opportunity to cheat and therefore are not even tempted to look over at anyone else’s device. All in all, we have had a very good experience with the test in both the years we used the clickers and we really would like to continue working with you at Turning Technologies in this area.”

Erin R. Wilcox, Ed.D.
Associate Superintendent of Instruction
Colorado Springs Christian Schools
2010 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner!


Turning Technologies initially field-tested Triton with 13,000 participants and 500 proctors across 95 different testing site locations. The software included a web portal, proctor application, proctor receivers and participant response devices, either the ResponseCard NXT or the computer-based participant ResponseStick receiver.

  • Proctors prepared in less than 15 minutes
  • Participant prepared in less than 5 minutes by means of a practice exam
  • 100% success rate in data collection and transfer
  • 100% accuracy of item response data
  • Over 2 million responses captured and submitted for scoring
  • Users preferred test administration using Triton 3.5 times more than computer-based testing and nine times more than paper-based testing

The overwhelmingly positive experience has solidified the market need for the Turning Technologies’ Triton Data Collection System. The system is a tested solution providing encrypted digital answer submission, redundant backup and immediacy of data transmission, all while being easy-to-use for the participants and proctors.

Participating States

  • Arizona (Higher Ed)
  • California (Higher Ed)
  • Colorado (K-12)
  • Florida (Higher Ed)
  • Illinois (Higher Ed)
  • Kentucky (K-12)
  • Michigan (K-12)
  • New York (Corporate)
  • North Carolina (K-12)
  • Texas (Higher Ed)