ERIC Number: ED211359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Use and Non-Use of Calculators on Assessment Testing.
Dye, David L.
This study addressed: (1) what difference, if any, would calculators make on a typical mathematics assessment instrument; (2) what might occur if students were allowed to use, but were not furnished with, calculators for testing; and (3) what implications do answers to these questions have for future statewide assessment. Eighth-grade students were tested using a package from a previous assessment. Three junior high schools in a suburban school district were chosen, with three classes per building assigned randomly to each of three treatments. Control classes were tested without calculators. Classes in the first experimental group were furnished with calculators. Students in the second group were told they were allowed to bring their own calculators over two days prior to testing. Only those pupils in this second experimental group who brought calculators were allowed to use them; only 39% of this group did so, but students in this group who did or did not bring calculators displayed essentially the same achievement. Results across all groups indicated that for the assessment instrument used, calculators made no difference in final results. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.