[Gramma Grizzly comment: Whether a student uses a computer or paper and pencil to take an assessment, may not be the explanation for score differences. Or it may. Why not go to paper and pencil and get rid of the computer assessments? Better yet, why not get rid of the assessments? Stop wasting the time of teachers and students preparing for assessments that don’t even measure the education of students, but measure instead their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.
Going entirely to computer assessments, or adjusting results to eliminate the discrepancy between computer-taken and paper-taken assessments, may just mask serious deficiencies – like the problem of illiteracy that is growing in our country.
I know of students and adults who cannot read, or tell time, write letters and numbers, or write clearly enough for someone else to read their writing. These are not people in “poor neighborhoods.” This is a frightening condition spreading throughout our country!
Question: If, to a great degree, students who take assessments on computers seem to score much lower than students taking assessments using paper and pencil — why not give everybody paper and pencil, rather than lower the scores of those who use paper and pencil to “make up” for the difference in score results? (Question: who is using paper and pencil for assessments? Who decides what to measure with these assessments?)
One of the goals of federal standardized education is to gather information on every student, their friends, teachers, family and their life in general. All this is gathered in order to help “someone up above” design “individualized education” for each student, in order to mold each individual’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviors into a predetermined product. What is that product?]
From: Donna Garner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:40 PM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: ED WEEK: PARCC SCORES LOWER FOR STUDENTS WHO TOOK EXAMS ON COMPUTERS — 2.3.16
2.3.16 – Ed Week
PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers
By Benjamin Herold