October 26, 2016

Have your heard the news?  Eleventh graders will not be NeSA testing this year.  Instead of the NeSA test, students will be taking the ACT test.  Educators and parents will be able to compare the scores of Nebraska students with those in at least 18 other states that also test all students.  ACT allows students to use calculators on the test.  Parents, please make sure that your high school student has a calculator that they can use on the test, and at school to prepare for the ACT.  It does not have to be anything fancy.  Talk to your child about which calculator they would like to use and encourage them to bring it to school every day.  Some calculators are not allowed.  The following information is from the ACT website:

Do Not Use These Calculators!

Using the TI-89 is the most common reason students are dismissed from the ACT test for prohibited calculator use.

The following types of calculators are prohibited:

Calculators with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality. Prohibited calculators in this category include:

Texas Instruments

  • All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92
  • TI-Nspire CAS
  • Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted


  • HP Prime
  • HP 48GII
  • All model numbers that begin with HP40G, HP49G, or HP50G


  • fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400)
  • ClassPad 300
  • ClassPad 330
  • Algebra fx 2.0
  • All model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G

Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs

Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices

  • Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted

Calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices

Calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)

Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted