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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

In 2011, a higher percentage of Hispanic students had teachers who reported never allowing students to use calculators during tests than their peers in other race/ethnicity groups. Use the tabs below to view the percentages by the student groups shown. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.

See results for this contextual variable by the new 2011 race/ethnicity categories in the NAEP Data Explorer.

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