Here is the question posed to SED Barbara Wallis: A recently adopted PARCC document lists calculator usage in a different manner than the NYSED statement (March 2012) about the usage on assessments in NY. If the NY Board of Regents adopts the PARCC assessments in a few years will we have to change our usage of the calculator on assessments?
NOTE: all of you should check out what PARCC is going to do and if we follow PARCC, in two years our calculator usage will have to change again. Below is her answer:
Thank you for your comments. We will look into the calculator issue that you present.
The guidance documents for the 2013 school year are still in review and will be out in the near future.
Thanks, as always, for your input.
Barb Barbara Wallis Bureau Chief Office of State Assessment
So, the verdict is not out yet about calculator usage on this year's assessments--it is still under review--stay tuned to the test specification booklet due to be released soon, well at least before April (kidding!)
I don't believe that we are going to get a sample test booklet--I think what was released last spring is it but we should get information about percentages of standards on the assessments and I think we will have field test questions again on our assessment. Iva Jean