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Document Number: 2960

Testing on Computers: A Follow-up Study Comparing Performance on Computer and on Paper - Building on previous work, this study examines the effect of taking open-ended tests on computers and on paper for students with different levels of computer skill. For students who keyboard about 20 words per minute or more, performing open-ended language arts tests on paper substantially underestimates their level of achievement. Performing open-ended tests on computer, however, adversely affects the performance of slower keyboarders. For math tests, performance on computer underestimates students' achievement regardless of their level of keyboarding speed. (Michael Russell, Education Policy Analysis Archives, June 1999)...

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