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Topic: letter from the CB about calculators
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Jennifer Nicholls

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letter from the CB about calculators
Posted: Jan 27, 1998 1:12 PM
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Well, it seems as if the College Board has made a decision about the
use of calculators as a reference tool - ie typing in formulas or
instructions. I received a letter today (for AP Stats) that clearly
stated that programs may only be used to enhance the capabilities of
the calculator. It said that it would be considered unethical to
use the programs as text files. The letter is dated Nov. 1997. How I
wish that the College Board would let us know these things before the
school year starts.

I am sending this to the AP Calc list as well, because we may also get
a similar letter sometime before May 15th. I remember last year when
we received a letter less than two weeks before the test.

By the way, I don't let my students use text programs during my exams,
but I never have stopped them once AP time rolled around.

Jennifer Nicholls
AP Stats teacher
AP Calculus AB and BC teacher

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