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ERIC Number: EJ1110892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2330-8516
Investigating Differences in Examinee Performance between Computer-Based and Handwritten Essays. Research Report. ETS RR-04-18
Yu, Lei; Livingston, Samuel A.; Larkin, Kevin C.; Bonett, John
ETS Research Report Series, May 2004
This study compared essay scores from paper-based and computer-based versions of a writing test for prospective teachers. Scores for essays in the paper-based version averaged nearly half a standard deviation higher than those in the computer-based version, after applying a statistical control for demographic differences between the groups of examinees taking the two versions. The statistical control was implemented by means of a propensity score, applying weights to members of one group to match the propensity score distribution of the other group. The score difference between the groups did not change substantially when the analysis was restricted to examinees taking the same mix of essay topics or to examinees taking one particular essay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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