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Math Toolkit Calculator Use

Integration of technology into the classroom is a powerful student motivator. The usage of calculators helps students visualize concepts and ideas. This chart summarizes the policy decisions made regarding the use of calculators in classrooms and on State Assessment in Mathematics.

GRADE LEVEL

CLASSROOM

STATE ASSESSMENT IN MATHEMATICS

3

Four function calculator for instructional purposes

NO CALCULATORS permitted

4

Four function calculator for instructional purposes

NO CALCULATORS permitted

5

Four function calculator or *Scientific calculator for instructional purposes

NO CALCULATORS permitted

6

Four function calculator with a square root key or *Scientific calculator

Students in Grade 6 are NOT permitted to use a calculator with Session 1.

For Session 2, students should have exclusive use of a four-function calculator with a square root key or a *scientific calculator.

Graphing calculators are NOT permitted.

Note: For students testing on computers in Grades 6–8, a calculator is provided as part of the computer testing delivery system, but schools should continue to supply students with exclusive use of the type of hand-held calculator mentioned above. 

7

*Scientific calculator;

Graphing calculator for exploratory use

Students in Grade 7 should have exclusive use of a *scientific calculator for both Session 1 and Session 2.

Graphing calculators are NOT permitted. 

Note: For students testing on computers in Grades 6–8, a calculator is provided as part of the computer testing delivery system, but schools should continue to supply students with exclusive use of the type of hand-held calculator mentioned above. 

8

*Scientific calculator;

Graphing calculator for exploratory use

Students in Grade 8 should have exclusive use of a *scientific calculator for both Session 1 and Session 2.

Graphing calculators are NOT permitted. 

Note: For students testing on computers in Grades 6–8, a calculator is provided as part of the computer testing delivery system, but schools should continue to supply students with exclusive use of the type of hand-held calculator mentioned above. 

ALGEBRA I (NYS P-12 CCLSM)

Graphing calculator

**Graphing calculators are REQUIRED

GEOMETRY (NYS P-12 CCLSM)

Graphing calculator

**Graphing calculators are REQUIRED

ALGEBRA II (NYS P-12 CCLSM)

Graphing calculator

**Graphing calculators are REQUIRED

* must include at least these functions: standard four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), decimal, change sign (+,-), parentheses, square root, and symbolic Pi. They may NOT include: any and all problem solving or programming capabilities, place values, and inequalities.

** must include at least these functions: trigonometric and logarithmic functions. They may NOT be capable of symbol manipulation or communication with other calculators through infrared sensors. NO instruction or formula cards, or other information regarding the operation of calculators such as operating manuals are permitted. The memory of any calculator with programming capability must be cleared, reset, or disabled when students enter the testing room. If the memory of any calculator is password protected, and cannot be cleared or reset, the calculator may NOT be used.