Students will use this period to complete Test Polynomial Theorems and Graphs. This assessment has a "calculator page" and a "non-calculator page" because I want to make sure that students know how to factor polynomial expressions, sketch the graph of a polynomial functions and solve a simple polynomial equation without the relying on the CAS (computer algebra system) functionality of our calculators.
As a math department, we have decided on a list of skills that students should be able to do without a graphing calculator so I am careful to assess these skills throughout the year.
I give students both pages of the test at the beginning of the period and instruct them not to put their calculators under their chairs. They may not use a calculator on the exam until they have delivered the non-calculator page to my desk. This allows them to budget their time, as they can see the entire test at once. Because the non-calculator page has a highly visible symbol at the top, it is easy for me to scan the room to make sure no student is using a calculator inappropriately.