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Document Number: 2961

The Gap Between Testing and Technology in Schools - Research suggests that students with high levels of computer skills score better on open-ended exams taken on the computer versus paper tests. Multiple-choice tests yielded the same results whether administered via computer or paper and pencil. This evidence suggests a gap between testing strategies and computer use in schools. The authors suggest three possible ways to bridge the test-technology gap: decrease studentsí computer time; move toward having all students complete tests on computer and eliminate paper-and-pencil tests; or recognize the limitations of current testing programs. This paper reviews evidence from two previous studies on computer-based testing. (Michael Russell and Walter Haney, Statements, Vol. 1, No. 2, National Board on Educational Testing and Public Policy, January 2000)...

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