[CSD Math MS] ISD: Calculators on SAGE

Duncan, Allison ALLISON.DUNCAN at canyonsdistrict.org
Fri Feb 10 12:19:04 MST 2017

Secondary Math Teachers,

This email contains information about the following items:

Calculators on Math SAGE grades K – 12 (information, possible action)

Calculators on SAGE
The following is information taken from UCTM’s website regarding calculators usage on SAGE exam:  http://www.utahctm.org/uctm-blog

The USBE Assessment Department recently announced a change in the calculators that will be provided on SAGE this year. Here is the official word from USBE:
Grade 3-5: No built in calculator. No handheld allowed.
Grade 6: Desmos 10-key calculator <https://www.desmos.com/fourfunction> built in. No handheld allowed. Note: This test has both a calculator and a non-calculator section.
Grade 7-8: Desmos scientific calculator<https://www.desmos.com/scientific> built in. Handheld allowed as long as the device cannot communicate wirelessly and it was used during instruction.
Secondary Math 1-3: Desmos graphing calculator <https://www.desmos.com/calculator> built in. Handheld allowed as long as the device cannot communicate wirelessly and it was used during instruction.

Have you ever used the Desmos graphing calculator<https://www.desmos.com/>? Have your students ever used it? Do you have the free Desmos graphing calculator app on your phone? Do your students have it? It's the best! I strongly encourage you to spend some time exploring Desmos. Where should you start? Go to learn.desmos.com<http://learn.desmos.com/> and start exploring.  I use Desmos regularly with both my 8th and 9th grade students and especially love the free and carefully crafted lessons available at teacher.desmos.com<https://teacher.desmos.com/>. One of my students' favorites is Marbleslides<https://teacher.desmos.com/marbleslides-lines> (pictured below). I dare you to click on that link and spend less than ten minutes playing with the marbleslides.

After learning about how math teacher Julie Reulbach<https://ispeakmath.org/2016/12/23/exams-testing-using-desmos/> incorporates Desmos Activity Builder into her formal exams/tests, I have also created an exam for my students on Activity Builder.
Desmos is such a fantastic and free tool. Don't let the SAGE test be your students' first introduction to Desmos. Please take the time to learn about it and start using it now.

If you have not taken the opportunity to explore the Desmos calculator or have your students play with the calculator, Rachel and I would like to encourage you to do so before SAGE testing begins this spring.

Thank you for all that you do!

Instructional Supports Secondary Math Leads

Allison Duncan – High School
Rachel Marshall – Middle School

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