Student Action Results
New era of computer-based testing provides insight into how students use word-processing tools
The computer-based delivery of the NAEP writing assessment provided the opportunity to collect data on the extent to which students engaged in specific actions available to them in the word-processing software. Results for the student actions are reported as the percentages of students who engaged in the action with varying frequency and the average writing score for those students. For example, students who used the text-to-speech tool more frequently scored lower on average than those who engaged in the action less frequently.
In the first tab below, explore the percentages of students by grade who engaged in each of the student actions. The second tab provides a closer look at both percentages and scale score information for specific actions taken by students.
All eighth- and twelfth-graders used the backspace key and expanded their responses at least once. Around 10 percent of students used the thesaurus to replace a word in their responses.
Percentage of eighth-grade students who used various student actions at least once during the NAEP writing assessment: 2011
Percentage of twelfth-grade students who used various student actions at least once during the NAEP writing assessment: 2011
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Writing Assessment.