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Classroom Context: Calculator Use

As part of the 2009 mathematics assessment, fourth- and eighth-graders were asked about the frequency with which they use calculators while taking tests or quizzes. The full text of the question, the corresponding percentages, and scale scores of students who responded within each category are shown below.

When you take a math test or quiz, how often do you use a calculator?

A. Never
B. Sometimes
C. Always

Grade 4
Grade 8

Approximately two-thirds of fourth-graders in large city schools reported never using a calculator while taking mathematics tests or quizzes.

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