Using online editing sessions does not affect student scores on standardized writing and reading exams, according to a.
Binbin Zheng, an assistant education professor at Michigan State University, and her co-authors examined more than 18,000 editing sessions of 3,537 writing samples. They were taken from 257 6th graders at a single middle school in suburban Colorado that used Google Docs for students to write papers and exchange feedback with their teachers and with one another during the 2011-12 academic year.
Researchers also compared students’ results on the 2010-11 Colorado Student Assessment Program reading and writing tests with their results in 2011-12. The researchers found no effects on student test scores from either the extent of feedback or revisions by the students and their teachers.
A version of this article appeared in the April 22, 2015 edition of Education Week as Blended Learning