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craig wright

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The TI-92
Posted: Aug 2, 1997 12:06 PM
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The following paragraph is taken from a message posted by Deanna
De'Liberto. My comments follow.

"But this is not likely to happen if the TI-92 is not permitted on
the exam. And, I should point out that the ONLY reason it is NOT permitted
on the exam is because it has a QUERTY keyboard, and NOT because ETS
determined that it was not an appropriate calculator or would provide some
students with an unfair advantage or the like. The decison NOT to permit
was made solely for test security reasons."
The statement above is NOT ACCURATE. Although test security is an issue
that concerns both ETS and the College Board (and it will always be an
issue), that is NOT the main reason that the TI-92 is currently
unacceptable for the AP Calculus Examinations.

To quote directly from the May 1998, May 1999 AP Calculus Course
Description: "There are two main concerns that the committee (i.e., the AP
Calculus Development Committee) considers when deciding what level of
technology should be required for the examinations: equity issues and
teacher development. The committee can develop examinations that are
appropriate for any given level of technology, but it cannot develop
examinations that are fair to all students if the spread in the
capabilities of the technology is too wide. The use of graphing calculators
is a recent change for the program, as is this new course description for
the 1997-98 academic year. The AP Calculus Development Committee recognizes
that these changes place a large burden on AP teachers, who need time to
incorporate these changes into their courses. The committee will continue
to monitor the developments of technology and will reassess the testing
policy. Examination restrictions should not be interpreted as restrictions
on classroom activities."

Craig Wright
Assessment Division-Math Group
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ

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