Horkay, N., Bennett, R. E., Allen, N., Kaplan, B., & Yan, F. (2006). Does it matter if I take my writing test on computer? An empirical study of mode effects in NAEP . The Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment , 5 (2). https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/jtla/issue/archive

Journal Article

Horkay, N., Bennett, R. E., Allen, N., Kaplan, B., & Yan, F. (2006). Does it matter if I take my writing test on computer? An empirical study of mode effects in NAEP. The Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment, 5(2). https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/jtla/issue/archive

Notes

[no doi located]; Also downloadable from ERIC online database: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ843858

Tags

Electronic administration; Electronic administration; Electronic administration; Middle school; No disability; U.S. context; Writing

URL

https://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/jtla/issue/archive

Summary

Accommodation

This study investigated the comparability of scores for paper and computer versions of an assessment.

Participants

More than 4,000 participants were selected to comprise nationally (U.S.) representative groups of grade 8 students. The number of students with disabilities in the sample was not noted. Demographic data including ethnicity are reported.

Dependent Variable

Two essay prompts from a writing test administration were given in both paper and computer versions.

Findings

Results generally showed no significant mean score differences between paper and computer delivery. Computer familiarity significantly predicted online writing test performance after controlling for paper writing skills. Limitations of the study were reported, and future research possibilities were suggested.