Calculator Policy for Mathematics EndofCourse Exit Exams, Science Assessments, and Collection of Evidence
This page describes the Calculator Policy for the mathematics endofcourse exit exams and science assessments listed below. (For the calculator policy for the Smarter Balanced mathematics assessments, see the
Guidelines on Tools, Supports & Accommodations for State Assessments in the User Guides and Manuals folder)
Calculators are not required, but approved calculators may be used on the following assessments:
 Mathematics
 Year 1 (Algebra/Integrated Mathematics 1) Endofcourse Exit Exam (EOC)
 Year 2 (Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2) Endofcourse Exit Exam (EOC)
 Mathematics Collection of Evidence (COE)
 Science
 Science Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), grades 5 and 8
 Biology Endofcourse (EOC)
 Biology Collection of Evidence (COE)
Calculator Use and Restrictions Policy
 Students should be thoroughly familiar with the operation of the calculator they plan to use on the assessment. This includes calculators provided by the classroom or school.
 Students must not use calculator memories to take secure test content out of the room. Students who attempt to remove secure test content from the room by any method will have their test scores invalidated.
 Calculators may not be shared and communication between calculators is prohibited during testing.
 Calculators must operate in silent mode.
Unapproved use of a calculator may create undue advantage for a student. Students who use unapproved calculators or use a calculator on an assessment for which a calculator is not allowed must have a Testing Irregularity Report completed and submitted to the State Test Coordinator, via fax (360) 5862728.
Allowed Calculators:
 A scientific calculator
NOTE: A scientific calculator is sufficient for all items on all assessments.
 A nonCAS graphing calculator, with memory cleared both BEFORE and AFTER each test session
NOTE: The TI85 is not recommended due to programming errors in certain mathematical algorithms
 A nonCAS graphing calculator, enabled in PresstoTest mode:
 TI84+
 TINspire without CAS
 TINspire calculators without CAS are allowed only in the following three cases:
 with the TI84 Plus keypad and the memory cleared
OR
 with the TI84 Plus keypad and enabled in PresstoTest mode
OR
 with the Nspire keypad using operating system 1.7 or higher with both "Limit geometry functions" and "Disable function grab and move" invoked in PresstoTest mode.
Test Administrators must invoke PresstoTest mode at the beginning of each test session and exit PresstoTest mode at the end of each test session.
NOTE: For mathematics assessments, students need access to the following calculator functions:
 Exponents
 Square root
 Cube root
 Trigonometric functions (for Geometry/Integrated Mathematics 2 EOC)
Note: A fourfunction calculator may be used but is not recommended and may not be sufficient for all assessment items.
Calculator Memory Clearing Policy
Students with memoryenabled calculators are not allowed to bring stored examples into the exam, access programs during testing, or take out the exam questions afterwards. For this reason, a memoryenabled calculator must either:
 have its memory cleared both before and after each testing session
OR
 be used in PresstoTest mode. Test Administrators must invoke PresstoTest mode at the beginning of each test session and exit PresstoTest mode at the end of each test session.
Test Administrators are required to check calculators before the exam and disable any stored programs and applications on all calculators by either clearing the memory both before and after the exam or by invoking PresstoTest mode.
Please be advised that clearing the calculator memory will delete stored programs or applications; students should be told prior to the test day to store all data and software they wish to save on a computer or a calculator not being used for the test.
If a calculator can neither have its memory cleared nor be enabled in PresstoTest mode prior to test administration, students are not permitted to use that calculator during the assessment.
The following specific devices are not allowed on state assessments: Computer, PowerBook and portable/handheld computer calculators, pocket organizers, electronic writing pads or peninput/stylusdriven devices, instruments with QWERTY keyboards, cell phone and iPod calculators.
Prohibited Calculator Devices and Features
Students may use any calculator that does not have any of the prohibited features listed below. Test Administrators are required to verify that calculators are a handheld device designed for mathematical computations. Test Administrators must clear calculator memory both before and after each testing session. Students should be familiar with the operation of their calculators and know when the calculator can be used effectively. It is also important that students understand that while they are allowed to use calculators, it is still essential that they show all of their work when responding to shortanswer items.
 Any device with cell phone or text messaging capability
 Any device with camera, scanning, or audio/video recording capabilities
 Any device with a digital audio/video player
 Any device with wireless or Bluetooth capability or that can access the Internet
 Calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators (i.e. infrared capabilities)
 Calculators with memory disks
 Pocket organizers or personal digital assistants
 Handheld or laptop computers
 Electronic writing pads with input devices such as touch screen, pen or stylus
 Calculators with QWERTY keyboards or keypads as part of hardware or software
 Calculators with paper tape
 Calculators that "talk" or make audible sounds
 Calculators that require an electrical outlet
 Graphing calculator programs
 Hardware peripherals used with any calculator
 Calculators with an algebraic operating system (CAS or Computer Algebra System)
Some examples of specific calculator models prohibited include the following:
 Calculators built into cellular phones, iPods or other wireless communication devices
 Casio: CFX9970G series, Algebra FX 2.0, and ClassPad 300
 HewlettPackard: HP40G, HP48gll series, HP49G series, and HP50G series
 Texas Instruments: TI89 series, TI92 series, Voyage 200, TINspire CAS
This list is not exhaustive and nonlisted calculators should be checked for the stated prohibited functionalities. Test Administrators are required to disallow the use of any calculator with the prohibited features. If students are permitted to use their own calculators, it is the responsibility of the Test Administrator to certify that calculators do not have any of the prohibited features. Failure on the part of the Test Administrator to verify that each calculator meets the above requirements will constitute a test irregularity and may invalidate the student's test score.
