COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 66

March 21, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Additional Graphing Calculator Approved for Use on the Standards of Learning Assessments in 2007-2008

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of an additional graphing calculator that may be used on the end-of-course Standards of Learning assessments in mathematics and science beginning with the 2007-2008 assessment administration. Currently students may use a graphing calculator from the TI-83 Plus series, the TI-84 Plus series, or the CASIO 9850G Plus series. Texas Instruments has produced a new calculator, the TI-Nspire, which meets the criteria for use on the end-of-course mathematics assessments.

 

The TI-Nspire has a Press-to-Test mode that must be enabled prior to using the calculator on an end-of-course assessment.

 

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 calculator's system. Each calculator must also have all calculations done during the testing session erased prior to students leaving the test administration room.

 

If you have questions about the use of graphing calculators, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-6418. If you have questions about the end-of-course mathematics assessments, please contact Dr. Marcia Perry, team lead, mathematics and science, Office of School Assessment and School Improvement, by e-mail at Marcia.Perry@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-1390.

 

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