Calculator Policy
This page describes the calculator policy as a Universal Tool for the paperpencil Smarter Balanced Mathematics assessments and the paperpencil Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).
For online mathematics and science testing, students have access to an embedded calculator as a Universal Tool. For more information about the calculator available during online mathematics and science testing, visit the
Desmos.com State Assessments webpage or review the
mathematics Online Training Test Activities Overview document or the
science Online Training Test Supports document.
Information about allowed Designated Supports and Accommodations related to calculator use on both paperpencil and online mathematics and science assessments is available in the
Guidelines on Tools, Supports & Accommodations for State Assessments.
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 or a session 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 for PaperPencil Mathematics Assessments:
 Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are not permitted to use any calculators for any session.
 Session 1 in grades 6, 7, 8, and high school is a noncalculator section
of the assessment when students are expected to perform the skill without a
calculator.
 Students in grades 6, 7, 8, and High School may use calculators for
Sessions 2 and 3. Calculators with the following maximum functionality are
acceptable for use.
Grade 
Calculator Type 
Calculator Description 
Grades 3–5 Mathematics 
NO CALCULATORS PERMITTED 
NO CALCULATORS PERMITTED 
Grade 6 Mathematics
Sessions 2 and 3 only 
Fourfunction Calculator 
A fourfunction calculator with square root and percentage
functions 
Grades 7 and 8 Mathematics
Sessions 2 and 3 only 
Scientific Calculator 
A scientific calculator with exponents, trigonometry, and
logarithmic functionalities 
HS Mathematics
Sessions 2 and 3 only 
Graphing Calculator 
A graphing calculator with similar functionalities to a TI84 
Allowed Calculators for PaperPencil Science Assessments:
 Students in grades 5, 8, and High School are able to use calculators on the entire test. Allowable calculator types include fourfunction and scientific.
 Graphing calculators are not allowed.
 Calculators with the following maximum functionality are acceptable for
use.
Grade 
Calculator Type 
Calculator Description 
Grade 5 Science 
Fourfunction Calculator 
A fourfunction calculator with square root and
percentage functions 
Grade 8 and High School Science 
Scientific Calculator 
A scientific calculator with exponents, trigonometry, and logarithmic functionalities 
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 the 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 the memory cleared nor be enabled in
PresstoTest mode prior to test administration, students are not permitted to
use that calculator during the assessment.
Prohibited Devices and Features
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.
Test Administrators are required to disallow the use of any calculator with prohibited features listed below. 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.
 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)

