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Revised Calculator Policy for 8th Grade STAAR Math

The Texas Education Agency posted information today regarding an update to the 8th Grade STAAR Math Calculator Policy:

“Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has advised superintendents he will allow districts to satisfy a requirement to use graphing calculators for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 8 mathematics assessment with either a traditional handheld graphing calculator or a graphing calculator application available on an electronic tablet. The Commissioner’s decision marks the first time an electronic calculator application has been authorized for use by students in a Texas state assessment.

Use of calculator apps on electronic tablets will be allowed on a pilot basis for the 2014-2015 administration of the 8th grade mathematics assessment only. For the pilot year, the Texas Education Agency will still prohibit the use of smart phones.”

Please see the posting at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=25769810227 for more details and information regarding this pilot and additional test security and monitoring.

Our previous blog posting regarding the 8th Grade STAAR Math calculator policy is posted at http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/cc/2014/02/19/calculators-for-the-staar-grade-8-mathematics/.

ESC Region 13 Math contacts for secondary:

Susan Hemphill – susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net

Fredrick Noriega – fredrick.noriega@esc13.txed.net



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