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Students Perform Better on Paper Tests

On a new statewide standardized test administered last spring, Maryland students using pencil and paper scored better than those who took the test on a computer.

The difference was most dramatic on the English section of the test. But the same effect also appeared in the results for the portions of the test that focused on eighth-grade math, Algebra I and Algebra II.

While some experts have speculated about the reasons for the difference in results, perhaps state officials might try a simpler approach — ask the students who actually take the test which format they prefer.  If the responses of students preparing for the SAT are any indication, then the choice will be very clear.“

Surveys indicate an overwhelming preference from students for paper-and-pencil tests versus computer-based ones.

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