Again about PISA and their turn to computers: new study shows possible impact

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When the latest PISA-results were published, I wrote a blog post that warned about something that could have influenced the measurements: the switch from paper based assessment to computer based assessment. Last month Andreas Schleicher suddenly admitted that this could be the case.

Now I found this new article via Pasi Sahlberg. It’s an analysis by Hikaru Komatsu & Jeremy Rappleye to be published in the summer edition of Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. In the article both authors focused on the influence this turn to technology could have had on participating countries in East Asia. For this they looked at different countries.

In short:

Test score changes during 2012- 2015 were distributed widely for countries where the time spent using the Internet was more than 20 minutes per day (Figure 1a). Test score changes were positive for some countries, but negative for other…

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