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Computer use and (lower?) math achievement

This is what I get for playing around with the NAEP Data Explorer: 

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So, the use percentages are a bit depressing.  But, it gets worse…much worse…

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This is 4th graders, 2007, and, yes…the score for the group of students who report daily or almost daily use of computers at school for math is (statistically significantly) lower than all of the other groups.

The smart thing may have been to tuck these findings in my back pocket and walk away.  But, I’d bet that if we controlled for a bunch of demographic variables and even a baseline math score, those differences would disappear.  I’ll have to dig a little further…


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