Funding: Spencer Foundation
With most professional and academic writing now taking place via computer, and new standardized tests also transitioning from print to screen, it is important to better understand how technology use affects writing. A rich data set for investigating this is available from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2011 writing assessment, the first such assessment conducted on computers. NAEP recently released restricted data from this assessment, including detailed keystroke data on student use of the computer during the test, as well as teacher and student survey responses relating to prior use of computers for teaching, learning, and writing both in and out of school.
Dr. Warschauer and his colleagues are analyzing these data for over 24,000 eighth-grade students who took this test, examining
The findings will inform policy and practice in educational technology, writing pedagogy, and student assessment.