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Calculator use on tests and quizzes

 Grade 4
Grade 8

On approximately one-third of the assessment exercises, a scientific calculator was provided for students at grade 8. As part of the 2007 mathematics assessment, eighth-graders were asked about the frequency with which they use calculators while taking tests or quizzes. The full text of the question and the percentage 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

  Percentage of students
Jurisdiction Never Sometimes Always


25 54 21

Large central city

36 52 12
Atlanta 56 39 5
Austin 42 49 9
Boston 13 79 8
Charlotte 3 56 43
Chicago 8 72 20
Cleveland 11 67 23
District of Columbia 43 53 5
Houston 66 30 4
Los Angeles 64 33 3
New York City 25 68 7
San Diego 40 53 7

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Trial Urban District Mathematics Assessment.

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