Calculator Policy
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Calculators are not required, but approved calculators may be used on the following assessments:
 Mathematics
––grades 7 and 8 (MSP)
––grades 7–12 (EOC)
––gradeband ES and MS (WAASDAPE)
 Science
––grades 5 and 8 (MSP)
––grades 10–12 (HSPE)
Calculators are NOT permitted on the following assessments:
 Mathematics
––grades 36 (MSP)
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 calculators on grades 3 6 of the Measurements of Student
Progress mathematics assessment must have a Testing Irregularity Report
completed and submitted to the State Test Coordinator, via fax (360)
5862728.
Calculator Use and Restrictions Policy for Grades 712
A scientific calculator is sufficient for all items on the Grade 7 and 8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), all endofcourse (EOC) mathematics assessments and the Washington Alternate Assessment SystemDevelopmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam (WAASDAPE).
Students need access to the following calculator functions:
 Exponents
 Square root
 Cube root (for all EOC exams)
 Trigonometric functions (for Geometry/Integrated
Mathematics 2 and Retake Year 2)
Students may use any calculator that does not have any of the
prohibited features listed below. Proctors are required to
verify that calculators are a handheld device designed for
mathematical computations. Proctors 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. Note: A
fourfunction calculator may be used but is not recommended and
may not be sufficient for all assessment items.
Allowed Calculators:
 A scientific calculator
 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
Proctors must invoke PresstoTest mode at the beginning of
each test session and exit PresstoTest mode at the end of each
test session.
 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.
Proctors must invoke PresstoTest mode at the beginning of
each test session and exit PresstoTest mode at the end of each
test session.
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 graphing calculator must either:
 have its memory cleared both before and after each testing session, or
 be used in PresstoTest mode. Proctors must invoke
PresstoTest mode at the beginning of each test session and
exit PresstoTest mode at the end of each test session.
Proctors 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:
 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. Proctors 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 proctor to certify that calculators do not have any of the prohibited features. Failure on the part of the proctor to verify that each calculator meets the above requirements will constitute a test irregularity and may invalidate the student’s test score.
