Research on learning with paper texts versus computers shows unique strengths for paper. Comparisons of PARCC scores echo those findings. Scores of students taking PARCC tests on paper were consistently higher than for matched groups of students taking the tests on computers.
READ about PARCC score comparisons here: PARCC Scores Lower on Computer Exam.
READ about research on reading here: The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens.
Are school systems wise to spend scarce resources on computers for the purpose of state-mandated annual testing? Limited testing and testing limited to paper and pencil may be prudent for reasons of cost as well as performance.
Herold, B. (2016, February 10). PARCC Scores Lower On Computer Exam. Retrieved February 23, 2016, from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html?qs=parcc scores lower on computer exams
Jabr, F. (2013, April 11). The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. Retrieved February 23, 2016, from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/reading-paper-screens/