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Type of calculator used

As part of the 2007 mathematics assessment, eighth-grade students were asked about the type of calculator they used. The full text of the question and the corresponding percentage of students who responded within each category are shown below.

How often do you use these different types of calculators in your math class?

A. Basic four-function (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
B. Scientific (not graphing)
C. Graphing

Percentage of students Jurisdiction and type of calculator Never use 24 37 39 32 32 36 48 30 22 22 41 37 37 37 26 42 34 24 23 45 32 40 40 20 47 29 24 25 41 34 50 40 10 14 41 45 21 43 36 48 33 19 16 25 58 32 26 42 31 35 34 25 31 44 15 35 50 22 35 42 47 33 20 17 33 50 24 39 37 46 32 23 21 44 34 42 37 21 38 34 27 24 46 30 48 38 14 34 37 29 30 44 26 52 33 14 50 32 17 22 42 36 23 40 36 42 35 22 24 45 31 35 39 25 42 38 20

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance between categories, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data for the nation and districts. Click on the "Find Out" button in the NAEP Data Explorer to check for statistical significance. For large central cities, view complete data for Basic four-function, Scientific, and Graphing calculators. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

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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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