Tina Kim Chan

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Baek, Eun-Ok

Second Advisor

Newberry, Brian


The study reported here examined the move towards online assessments and addressed the question of whether or not different assessment tools affect student scores and student learning. The research activities covered a three-week period, from June 5, 2006 to June 23, 2006. During this time, seventeen third grade students served as their own control group by taking several math tests online and several math tests with paper and pencil. Results were compared to see if performance on computer-based tests would be more successful than pencil-and-paper tests. A follow-up survey to evaluate and interpret the quantitative results was also used. Findings revealed that 59% of the students did better on the paper tests. Further analysis revealed that the overall average of the computer tests was 71.9%, while paper tests revealed an average of 69.9%. In summary, these findings report that there is no significant difference in scores when taking a test on the computer or a test on paper. Suggestions for further research and recommendations are included.