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ERIC Number: ED421527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Effects of an On-Screen versus Bring-Your-Own Calculator Policy on Performance on the Computerized SAT I: Reasoning Test in Mathematics.
Bridgeman, Brent; Potenza, Maria
Students taking the paper-based Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) mathematics test are permitted to bring and use their own hand-held calculators, and this policy was continued for the computer-adaptive tests (CAT) designed for use in talent search programs. An on-screen calculator may also be used with the CAT. The bring-your-own option has raised some fairness concerns (because all students cannot afford the most sophisticated calculators) as well as security concerns (because questions could be entered into a calculator's memory and taken from the testing session), but forcing all students to use an unfamiliar on-screen calculator raises different fairness issues. This study of the computerized SAT compared the performance of 360 students tested under the current policy (bring-your-own or on-screen) with the performance of 373 students who had only an on-screen calculator available. These students had already taken a national administration of the SAT and were invited to participate. Across ethnic, gender, and ability groups, students who had to use the on-screen calculator performed as well as students who were permitted to use their own calculators. Nevertheless, students expressed a strong preference for using their own calculators. (Contains eight tables and one figure.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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