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Lessons Learned from the 2012 Grade 4 Writing Computer-Based Assessment (WCBA) Study

The Grade 4 WCBA Study consisted of two parts:

  • small-scale usability testing to inform development of the assessment platform for fourth-grade students; and
  • a pilot writing assessment administered to a sample of 13,000 students nationwide.

Lessons learned from the study can inform future development of computer-based assessments as well as shed light on what fourth-grade students know and can do. Additionally, we were able to gain insights on fourth-grade students’ use of editing tools to compose their responses.

Note that the sample used in this study is not representative of the nation. The performance results only pertain to participants in the pilot study. Please use caution when interpreting these findings.

Last updated 12 November 2021 (AA)