Mathematics Benchmarking Report TIMSS 1999–Eighth Grade
Chapter 5 Contents



Are There Policies on Using Calculators?





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CHAPTER 5: The Mathematics Curriculum

Are There Policies on Using Calculators?

Official policies on calculator use are summarized in Exhibit 5.17. In general, the curricula in the comparison countries included policies on using calculators, either without restriction (three countries) or with some restrictions (seven countries). Several countries commented that calculators were not permitted in the lower grades or that their use in these grades was limited. Across the United States as a whole, policy varied from state to state, and this was reflected among the Benchmarking states, with four states, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, reporting calculator use under restricted circumstances and the other nine reporting unrestricted use.

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