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Computer use when writing for school

Grade 8
 Grade 12

As part of the 2007 writing assessment, eighth-graders were asked how often they used a computer for various tasks when they wrote for school. The question and the percentage of students who responded within each category are below.

When you write a paper or report for school this year, how often do you do each of the following?

  Percentage of students
Computer use Never or
hardly ever
Sometimes Almost

Use a computer from the beginning to write the paper or report (for example, use a computer to write the first draft)

28 44 28

Use a computer to make changes to the paper or report (for example, spell-check, cut and paste)

18 37 46

Look for information on the Internet to include in the paper or report

7 35 58

Check for Statistical Significance

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Writing Assessment.

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