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Classroom Context: Drafting and Revising with Computers

As part of the 2011 writing assessment, teachers of eighth-graders were asked how often they ask their students to use a computer for drafting and revising. The full text of the question, and percentage of students who responded in each category are below.

How often do you ask your students to use a computer for drafting and revising their writing?

A. Never or hardly ever
B. Sometimes
C. Very often
D. Always or almost always

Grade 8
Grade 12

A lower percentage of students who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program had teachers who asked them to use a computer to draft or revise their writing very often, almost always, or always compared to their peers who were not eligible. Use the tabs below to view the percentages by the student groups shown. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.