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Computation skill should be developed by all students, but the requirement for a timed test often produces far too much emphasis on speed. Many students whose performance on such tests is judged on the basis of speedy computation actually struggle more with the time required to record the answer rather than the time required to perform the computation. In some of these cases students are judged as not sufficiently proficient in mathematics, when in fact the difficulty is with the recording of the answer.
Steve Cottrell Mathematics Supervisor K-12 Davis School District P.O. Box 588 Farmington, UT 84025-0588