Potential Project Description for 2009-10
Title: Curriculum-Based Measurement Writing Research with School Students: Computers versus Handwriting
Domain Expert: Heather Campbell, Education
One drawback to measuring students' progress in writing is the time it takes to administer, read, and score writing samples. We administered writing prompts (narrative and expository) to students utilizing both handwriting and computer conditions. The benefit to having students respond to the prompt using the computer is that a computer program can be used to score student samples -- a significant time saver. We want to know if students score differently based on the mode used to respond to the writing prompt as well as whether or not students' scores differ on the type of prompt to which the students responded.