COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 61

March 12, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Use of Graphing Calculators on the Standards of Learning Assessments

 

 

The purpose of this memo is to notify you of an additional graphing calculator that may be used on the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II end-of-course Standards of Learning assessments. Currently students may use a graphing calculator from the TI-83 Plus series or the CASIO 9850G Plus series. Texas Instruments has produced a new series of calculators, TI-84 Plus family, that meets the criteria for use on the end-of-course mathematics assessments.

 

Regardless of the graphing calculator used, it is important to remember that the memory must be reset prior to test administration, clearing all memory contents not built into the calculators system.

 

If you have questions about the use of graphing calculators, please contact Deborah K. Lyman (dlyman@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-6418. If you have questions about the end-of-course mathematics assessments, please contact Dr. Marcia Perry (mperry@mail.vak12ed.edu) or Earl Jackson (ejackson@mail.vak12ed.edu), assessment and reporting specialists at (804) 225-2102.

 

 

 

 

JLD/nk