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Scores Were Lower When Mass. Students Took PARCC Exams on Computers, Study Finds – Education Week

Scores Were Lower When Mass. Students Took PARCC Exams on Computers, Study Finds – Education Week

Published By Benjamin Herold, Education Week on January 31, 2019

Massachusetts students who took state exams online in 2015 scored significantly worse than their peers who took the same exams on paper, according to a new study by the American Institutes for Research.

The so-called “mode effect” was particularly pronounced in English/language arts, where the discrepancy amounted to nearly a full year of learning, AIR found. Lower-performing students, special education students, and English language learners suffered particularly sharp penalties when they took the ELA exams online.

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