Calculator Use on Exams to Shift With Common Core
Although calculators have not figured prominently in discussions of the common-core math standards , it's likely the complementary tests will result in far greater uniformity in their use on state exams across the nation.
Policies emerging from the two state consortia developing common-core assessments would prohibit most students from using calculators on the grades 3-5 tests, for example. At grades 6 and above, they call for calculator "on" and "off" sections and set restrictions on what functionality is allowed. (Both consortia will provide online calculators for the computer-based tests.)
Those rules, especially in today's high-stakes-testing environment, are sure to influence regular classroom use of calculators, from the elementary ban to the ways increasingly sophisticated calculator use is assumed at the secondary...
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