ERIC Number: ED447188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
SAT[R] Program Calculator Use Survey.
Dion, Gloria; Harvey, Anne; Jackson, Carol; Klag, Patricia; Liu, Jinghua; Wright, Craig
The Educational Testing Service studied the status of calculator use in high school classrooms. Responses were received from 4,568 high schools. Thirty-eight percent of those who were mailed a survey participated, and 12% of those who received e-mail invitations responded. Results indicate that the prevailing policy in U.S. high schools is to allow the use of calculators during classroom learning activities and tests, especially at higher levels. Scientific calculators were used more frequently than graphing calculators in algebra I and geometry, and graphing calculators were used more frequently in algebra II and precalculus and trigonometry. Teachers, however, had limited familiarity with graphing calculators with symbolic algebra capabilities. Schools indicated that there was little expertise in their use, and that policies concerning their use in the classroom were not determined. Opinions were still divided over the inclusion of a separate noncalculator section on Scholastic Assessment Test Program tests. Teachers were equally divided over requiring graphing calculators for the Mathematics Subject Tests, and only a small percentage of respondents believed that graphic calculators with symbolic algebra capabilities should be allowed for the Mathematics Subject Tests, consistent with the lack of familiarity with the calculators at the time of the survey. An appendix contains the calculator use survey. (Contains 13 tables and 9 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.