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The University of the State of New York

The State Education Department

Albany, New York 12234

Guidelines for Graphing Calculator

Use for Commencement-Level Mathematics

Introduction

Graphing calculators are instrumental in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The use of this

technology should be integrated as an investigative tool at the commencement level to support

conceptual understanding and solve real world mathematics problems. The connections between

graphical and algebraic representation can be enhanced through the use of graphing calculators

and other technological tools, while algebraic and analytical approaches (i.e., pencil and paper

techniques) to solving problems should still be stressed.

This document provides guidance to schools and districts to determine whether the use of a

particular graphing calculator is allowed on a Mathematics Regents Examination or if it provides

an unfair or inappropriate advantage to a student and, therefore, is not allowed.

The graphing calculator should only function as a tool to help students demonstrate their

knowledge and understanding of the Learning Standards being assessed on the Mathematics

Regents Examinations. The graphing calculator should not remove the need for students to

demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of algebraic and geometric properties and

relationships that are being assessed in the particular course.

Restricted Features/Prohibited Functions

Educators should work collectively to determine if a graphing calculator adheres to the guidelines

and does not contain restricted features.

? The calculator must not make use of a Computer Algebraic System (CAS). These

calculators are capable of doing symbolic algebra or symbolic calculus (for example,

factoring, expanding, or simplifying given variable output).

? The calculator must not have measuring capabilities (e.g., segment lengths and area of

polygons), perform transformations, or be able to make geometric constructions.

? Students may not use calculators that can communicate through infrared sensors, nor may

students use operating manuals, instruction or formula cards, or other information

concerning the operation of calculators.

For questions in which the graphing calculator can be used, students should be instructed to show

sufficient work so that their approach to problem-solving can be easily followed. For students to

be awarded the maximum points allowable for a constructed-response question, they should be

able to communicate the method employed by illustrating their graph, table, or setup (equation),

followed by the result of their investigation(s). The answer to the question should also be clearly

identified, often by using a sentence or phrase response. Whenever appropriate, complete

sentences should also be used to support results so that mathematical reasoning can be easily

interpreted.

Please note that schools must make a graphing calculator available for the exclusive use of each

student while taking Regents Examinations in mathematics, and that students are allowed only one

calculator.

The memory of any graphing calculator with programming capability must be cleared, reset, or

disabled when students enter the testing room. If the memory of a student's calculator is

password-protected and cannot be cleared, the calculator must not be used.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Can I use a graphing calculator that can simplify radicals such as 18 or give exact trig values?

-Yes. These features will be allowed.

2) Is there a list of approved calculators that can be used on the Math Regents Exams?

-No. It is the responsibility of each district to make sure any graphing calculator to be used

on a High School Mathematics Regents Exam adheres to the guidelines.

3) A company representative told me a specific calculator model can be used on Math Regents

Exams. Can I assume the calculator is approved?

-No. Although representatives may be helpful in providing explanations of the range of

capabilities for a brand of calculator, it is the responsibility of each district to make sure

any graphing calculator to be used on a High School Mathematics Regents Exam adheres

to the guidelines.

4) My calculator has a Computer Algebra System (CAS). May I use this calculator for the Math

Regents Exams?

-You may not use this calculator unless there is a way to restrict the CAS features that are

prohibited by the guidelines.

5) If I put my calculator in a test mode, does this ensure it is ready for the Math Regents Exams?

-Not necessarily. Although this is generally a good practice, districts must make sure the

final calculator mode adheres to the guidelines.

6) Do the applications (apps) on my calculator need to be removed or turned off for the Math

Regents Exams?

-It is the responsibility of each district to make sure any graphing calculator apps to be used

on a High School Mathematics Regents Exam adhere to the guidelines.

7) My calculator is prompting me to turn off features that I have been using all year when I put it

in test mode. Do I have to turn them off?

-Possibly. It is the responsibility of each district to make sure any graphing calculator

features to be used on a High School Mathematics Regents Exam adhere to the guidelines.

8) I can draw lines and segments on my calculator without using equations. Is this acceptable on

the Math Regents Exams?

-Yes, as long as the lines and segments are drawn by the student. The graphing calculator

must not draw what a student would otherwise need to construct or locate themselves either

algebraically or graphically. For example, the perpendicular bisector of a line segment

must be drawn by the student and not be a result of a graphing calculator function. Please

note that performing calculator regressions and the resulting line of best fit are permissible.

9) My calculator will reflect a figure over the y-axis. Is this allowed on the Math Regents Exam?

-No. Graphing calculators must not perform transformations. This function must be turned

off in order to use this graphing calculator.

10) Our district would like to use graphing calculator software other than a traditional handheld

calculator. Is this allowable?

-Districts may submit requests to the Test Administration Unit within the Office of State

Assessment for consideration. Please call 518-474-5902 or email

emscassessinfo@nysed.gov for more information.

11) Can a student use multiple calculators on a Math Regents Exam?

- No. Each student is allowed only one calculator.

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Calculator Tasks

When taking Mathematics Regents Examinations, some of the tasks students will be expected to

perform using a graphing calculator are:

? Graphing functions in an appropriate viewing window

? Determining key features of functions

? Observing the table of values for a graphed equation

? Solving systems of equations

? Exploring changes and effects on the graph of parent functions

? Performing trigonometric calculations

? Determining a regression equation

? Determining a correlation coefficient

? Determining the standard deviation of a set of data

? Determining population percentages for a normal curve

Expectations for sketches and graphs:

? Same-degree equations are labeled when graphed on the same set of axes

(no deduction if the student fails to label only one graphed equation)

? To show the curvature of nonlinear functions, at least three points should be indicated on

the graph or represented as a table of coordinate values

? Key features are correctly shown

? Scale is stated if not 1 to 1

? Use the full extent of the graph or provide arrows unless a domain is specified

If a student sketches a graph when a grid is not provided, the above criteria for sketches and graphs

still apply.

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