2011 Writing Assessment
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released the results of the 2011 computer based writing assessment on September 14th. Last year was the first time the test was given on a computer.
The test was give to 8th – 12th graders and consisted of questions and essays. The new test is comprised of two writing prompts. A unique factor in grading these tests, is that the scores are partly given based on how often the students used tools like spell check and other editing tools. Clearly, those with more exposure to computers are going to have the upper-hand in this aspect.
However, even with students being familiar with computers, only about 25% of students were rated as proficient or higher. (The possible grades being: basic, proficient, or advanced.)
Whether the students had a hard time with this test based on a new format, lack of experience with computers, or knowledge level is hard to say. This test is not comparable to other tests from the past.
You can read the full report at the Nation’s Report Card.
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