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EFFECTING READING COMPREHENSION WITH COMPUTER QUIZZES Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of periodic computer-based comprehension quizzes in reading classrooms Two special education resource-reading classes were used in this study The students in one of the classes Class X received periodic computer-based comprehension quizzes as they read various books The students in the other class Class Y did not Both classes received computer-based comprehension tests upon completion of reading various books After 5 six week periods 56 of the school year the overall average grades were compared of 10 students randomly selected from each of the two classes The results of the study did not show any conclusive evidence that the use of computer-based comprehension quizzes improved overall reading comprehension performance The Effects of Periodic Computer -Based Comprehension Quizzes in the Reading Classroom Background Information This study assessed differences among two special education resource-reading classes The classes were two separate resource-reading classes at Flintville Junior High School in Flintville Tennessee Two separate teachers taught the two classes During the 1998-1999 school year one of the resource teachers used computers in his classroom to give periodic comprehension quizzes to the reading students as they read various stories The second teacher did not use computers for periodic comprehension quizzes At the end of the school year the grades of the students for the year were compared The purpose of the study was to determine whether there appeared to be any significant difference in the overall progress made in reading comprehension between the two classes Problem Statement To establish a main focus in the study the following problem statement was used What are the differences in the overall reading comprehension grades of two separate resource-reading classes if one class is periodically quizzed with computer tests and the other is not Hypothesis Statement If two separate resource-reading classes are tested on reading comprehension upon completion of stories they read and
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