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STAAR Calculator Policy

Calculators are required for the following State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR?) tests:

grade 8 mathematics, grade 8 science, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Biology.

Calculators are not permitted for students taking the STAAR grades 3-7 mathematics assessments or the STAAR

grade 5 science assessment unless the student meets the eligibility criteria. Information regarding calculators as a

designated support for students with disabilities can be found on the Accommodation Resources webpage.

Requirement for STAAR Grade 8 Mathematics, Algebra I, and Algebra II

Districts must ensure that each student has a graphing calculator to use when taking the STAAR grade 8

mathematics, Algebra I, or Algebra II assessments. Students must have a graphing calculator to use throughout the

entire test (both paper and online versions). Districts may satisfy this requirement by providing students with any of

the following types of calculating devices--a handheld graphing calculator, a graphing calculator application, or the

graphing calculator tool included in the STAAR online testing platform.

Requirement for STAAR Grade 8 Science and Biology

Districts must ensure that students have access to a calculator with basic (i.e., four-function), scientific, or graphing

capability when taking the STAAR grade 8 science and Biology assessments. There should be at least one

calculator for every five students taking the grade 8 science and Biology assessments (both paper and online

versions). If calculators are shared during the test, the calculator memory must be cleared after each student uses

it. Districts may satisfy this requirement by providing students with any of the following types of calculating devices--

a handheld calculator, a calculator application, or the calculator tools included in the STAAR online testing platform.

Additional Information About Calculators

The district may provide calculating devices, or students may bring them from home. Students should be provided

the same type of calculation device they use routinely in class work. Providing an unfamiliar calculation device on the

day of the state assessment may hinder rather than aid the student. Students may have more than one calculation

device during the assessment.

For handheld calculators, all memory must be cleared to factory default both before and after testing. Any programs

or applications that are not preinstalled by default must be removed or disabled prior to testing. For specific

assistance in appropriately preparing calculators for use during testing, contact the calculator manufacturer.

For calculator applications, all Internet capabilities must be disabled on the device. In addition, the calculator

application being used must be locked down (in kiosk mode) to prevent the use of other applications during testing.

Districts should be aware that some calculator applications include resources that could aid students during testing.

Students must be monitored closely to ensure that these resources are not accessed during the test.

The use of a calculating device on STAAR should not replace the teaching of the Texas Essential Knowledge and

Skills (TEKS). If a student is using a certain calculator during classroom instruction, it is important to be aware of any

functions on that device that could compromise the teaching of those skills. As such, district and school personnel

should give careful consideration before recommending the use of these devices for the assessment.

Calculation devices that have a computer algebra system (CAS) are not allowed unless the CAS is disabled.

Calculation applications on smartphones are also not allowed.

Texas Education Agency

Student Assessment Division

September 2019

What types of calculators are prohibited? The following types of calculators are prohibited: y Calculators with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality, including: Texas Instruments: Hewlett-Packard: Casio: {{All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92 {{TI-Nspire CAS

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