COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 252
December 17, 2004
of Public Instruction
on the Use of Calculators on the Standards of Learning Mathematics Tests
purpose of this memo is to clarify the use of calculators on the Standards of
Learning (SOL) mathematics tests.
- Students taking the
mathematics tests for grades 4 and 5 will use a four-function
calculator on the section of the test in which a calculator is allowed.
Please remember that the grade 4 mathematics test is being field-tested in
the spring of 2005.
- Beginning with the spring 2005
field-testing of grades 6 and 7 mathematics, only a scientific calculator
from the state-approved list will be permitted on the section of
the test in which a calculator is allowed.
- Students taking the grade 8
mathematics test will continue to use four-function calculators for the
spring 2005 and fall 2006 test administrations. Beginning with the spring
2006 SOL test administration, students taking the grade 8 test may use
only the state-approved scientific calculators.
- Students taking any of
the end-of-course SOL mathematics tests will continue to use approved graphing calculators.
scientific calculator, the Sharp EL-501WBBK scientific calculator, has been
approved by the Department of Education. This is an acceptable replacement for
the Sharp EL-501V, which is no longer available.
Attached is a table summarizing the use of calculators on
all mathematics SOL tests. The calculators that have been approved are also
listed. A table summarizing the use of calculators on all mathematics and
science SOL tests may also be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml.
If you need
additional information, please contact Earl Jackson at Earl.Jackson@doe.virginia.gov
or (804) 225-2916, Marcia Perry at Marcia.Perry@doe.virginia.gov
786-1390, Lois Williams at Lois.Williams@doe.virginia.gov
or (804) 786-8078, or Deborah Bliss at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov
or (804) 786-6418.