Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

New Study Questions the Effectiveness of Print-Based Tests

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

New Study Questions the Effectiveness of Print-Based Tests

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Which students score better, those who take standardized tests on computer or those who take traditional print-based tests? According to a recent survey by the Boston-based National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy, the computer-savvy students test higher.

In the nonprofit group's report entitled The Gap Between Testing and Technology in Schools, NBETPP argues that of a survey group of students, 67 percent of those who took the test on computers passed it, while only 30 percent of those who took the same test on paper passed it. Both groups of students were given the same math, science and language arts tests.

"What is little recognized is that these two prescriptions may work against each other," said Dr. Walter Haney, one of the authors of the report, in a prepared statement. "Our research shows that for young people who have gone to school with computers, national and state tests administered via paper and pencil can yield large underestimates of students' skill as compared with the same tests administered via computer. …

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