COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. __112__

June 27, 2003

__INFORMATIONAL
__

TO: |
Division
Superintendents |

FROM: |
Jo Lynne
DeMary Superintendent
of Public Instruction |

SUBJECT: |
Calculator
Use on the Standards of Learning Assessments |

As you are aware, the *No Child Left Behind Act of
2001* requires each state to administer mathematics assessments in each
grade 3 through 8. The field-testing of
the grade- level assessments for each grade 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 will begin in the
spring of 2004. The purpose of this memo is to establish the guidelines for the
use of calculators on each grade-level assessment. The four-function calculator will continue to be allowed on each
of the grade-level assessments. In addition, a scientific calculator that does
not have a fraction capability will be allowed on grades 6, 7, and 8
assessments. The Department of
Education has identified two calculators that meet the specifications for the
scientific calculators. They are the TI-30Xa Solar and the SHARP EL-501V. School divisions may use funding from Title
V, Part A, and Title II, Part D, formula funds from the *No Child Left Behind
*funds to purchase calculators. The
scientific calculator will be allowed for students participating in the field
test of the grade 6 and 7 mathematics tests in 2004 and 2005. For the grade 8 cumulative test that will
continue to be given in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 school years only the
four-function calculator can be used.

If you have questions about the field test of the
assessments for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, please contact Suzanne Trevvet (strevvet@mail.vak12ed.edu),
associate director of assessment, at (804) 225-2917. For questions about the
calculators, please contact Christa Southall (csouthal@mail.vak12ed.edu), middle
school mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-8078.

JLD/MH