COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. __252__

December 17, 2004

__INFORMATIONAL
__

TO: |
Division
Superintendents |

FROM: |
Jo Lynne
DeMary Superintendent
of Public Instruction |

SUBJECT: |
Clarification
on the Use of Calculators on the Standards of Learning Mathematics Tests |

The
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.

A new
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
or

(804)
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.

JLD/SLR/jc

Attachment

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/inf252a.pdf