May 2007 Newsletter 
SE = Student Edition; TE = Teacher's Edition; Numbers in bold italics indicate TE. 
Nonconforming  
SAXON MATH Harcourt Achieve, ©2007Course 1 
MATH McDougal, ©2007Course 1 
HOLT MATH Holt, ©2007Course 1 
TEXAS MATH Prentice, ©2008Course 1 
TEXAS MATH Glencoe, ©2007Course 1 
EVERYDAY MATH McGraw, ©2004 
CONNECTED MATH 2 Prentice, ©2008 

Total suggested calculator use 
Suggested for 34 problems, not expected elsewhere 
Stipulated for 157 problems, not expected elsewhere 
Stipulated for 69 problems, accepted elsewhere 
Stipulated for 110 problems, accepted elsewhere 
Stipulated for 245 problems, accepted elsewhere 
About 57% ( 4/7 ) of the time overall 
Encouraged for most problems 
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> Texas designated this program "nonconforming" because it fails to meet state standards. The Texas textbook review panel found that Everyday Math meets only 64.10% of Texas 6th grade Math standards (see pp. 13 of the panel's findings).  
Stated policy on calculator use 
No stated policy; 9 SE pages suggest calculator use; text 4 times refers students to the Saxon website for graphing calculator activities 
Calculation treated as "'practice makes perfect'" not as " 'something best left to calculators' " (p. T52); calculator use usually limited to one "Technology Activity" per chapter 
"Choose a solution method and solve …. You could use paper and pencil. But finding a product of 3digit numbers requires several steps. Using a calculator will probably be faster." p. 31 
"Students … expected to use graphing technology … no longer limited to fourfunction calculators." p. T26 "Will you use estimation, mental math, paper and pencil, or a calculator … ?" Sample answer: "calculator because it is faster" p. 15, #31 
"Use a calculator if an exact answer is needed and the calculations are not simple enough to perform mentally and have fairly large numbers." p. 642, #125 Pp. 89 give detailed instruction on use of graphing calculator. Also see pp. 10, 51. 
"… calculators … free both students and teachers from having to spend so much time on dull, repetitive, and unproductive tasks." Teacher's Reference Manual, p. 35, lines 13 
"… we assume that students have access to calculators at all times. However, we hope that students will develop good estimation and mental arithmetic skills." Prime Time, p. 16, col. 2, par. 3, "A Note on Calculators" 
How often does the text suggest calculator use for …  
multiplying by a 2 or 3digit number? 
not mentioned in SE (A few TE extension problems with very large numbers suggest calculator use.) 
for 2 problems pp. 24, 37 
for 13 problems pp. 31, 32, 49, 150, 550, 715 
for 11 problems pp. 41, 42 
for 3 problems pp. 9, 11 
Actual amount of calculator use in "Games" component is indeterminate, but the main student workbook (Math Journal) and other student worksheets (Math Masters) direct students not to use calculators about 3/7 of the time. Calculator use is always acceptable unless there is a "No Calculator" icon. 
Does not "designate specific 'calculator problems' " because calculators should be available "at all times" (see above) and "students should learn when their use is appropriate" (Prime Time p. 13, col. 1, par. 1); Exception: Bits & Pieces I, II, and III all encourage students to work without calculators when first learning fraction and decimal operations. 
adding 3digit or larger numbers? 
for 1 problem Performance Activity 4 p. 135B 
for 7 problems pp. 155, 155 
for 3 problems p. 150 
not mentioned  for 4 problems pp. 104, 105, 693 

finding decimal value of fractions? 
for 4 problems pp. 386, 387 
for 18 problems p. 276 
for 5 problems p. 389, 389 
for 9 problems pp. 280, 342, 343 
for 30 problems pp. 208210, 210 

finding circumference? 
not expected  for 12 problems pp. 530, 530 
not mentioned  for 11 problems pp. 440, 441, 441 
for 22 problems pp. 490493, 490, 504, 505, 522, 536, 686 

finding numerical equivalents of exponential expressions? 
not expected  for 31 problems pp. 17, 20, 24 
not mentioned  not mentioned  for 26 problems pp. 9, 3334 

finding the mean? 
not expected  not expected  not mentioned  not mentioned  for 11 problems pp. 104, 105, 112, 113 

checking paperand pencil answers? 
for 13 problems pp. 226, 346, 386, 438, 608 
not expected  for 12 problems p. 21 
not mentioned  for 58 problems pp. 208, 535537 

other mathematical operations? 
for 16 problems pp. 108, 231, 232, 244, 245, 274, 437, 462, 469, 608 
for 87 problems pp. 24, 37, 155, 155, 385, 441, 441, 602, 667, 688 
for 36 problems pp. 31, 32, 32, 36, 39, 44, 57, 177, 187, 389, 389 
for 79 problems pp. 15, 35, 78, 180, 237, 281, 345, 437, 547, 570D, 586, 588, 589, 590, 592595, 599, 600 
for 91 problems pp. 9, 26, 27, 48, 53, 104, 112, 113, 164, 209210, 288, 314, 479, 487, 512, 522, 549, 607, 611, 693 