Does Taking Standardized Tests Online Lead to Lower Scores?

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In a recent EdWeek article, PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers, Benjamin Harold shed light on an emerging issue in the high stakes testing world: new data shows a discrepancies between students taking the PARCC exam using the pencil and paper method and those taking the computer version of the exam. The lower scores for those taking the computer version of the exam highlights another bug in the high stakes testing system.

Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders.

Officials from the multistate Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers acknowledged the discrepancies in scores across different formats of its exams in response to questions from Education Week….Article continued.

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