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Classroom Context: Using Calculators


As part of the 2011 mathematics assessment, teachers of fourth-graders were asked about the frequency with which they allowed students to use calculators when taking tests and quizzes. The full text of the question and corresponding data charts and tables are provided below.

When you give students a mathematics test or quiz, how often do they use a calculator?
A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

Grade 4
Grade 8

Approximately 79 percent of fourth-graders in large city schools had teachers who reported never allowing students to use calculators during tests in 2011, which was not significantly different from 2005 (79 percent). Use the drop down menu to view the percentages in participating districts. Click Chart Options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

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