## Reflection: Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced) Sequences, Spreadsheets, and Graphs - Section 2: Filling in the Columns

Note: Spreadsheets Might Show Up on CCSS Assessments

As I've mentioned earlier, I am completely on board with the use of spreadsheet software as an algebra-teaching tool.  Taking it a step further, however, it might soon be the case that it's imperative to teach students how to use these tools.  If you've never seen the PARCC sample tasks, you can take a look at a few of them here: http://www.ccsstoolbox.com/parcc/PARCCPrototype_main.html.   In particular, click on "High school tasks" on the left side of the page, then on "Isabella's credit card".  If you look through that task, you'll see that it requires students to think about a problem in terms of the spreadsheet formula they could use to model it.

Standardized Tests (PARCC/Smarter Balanced): PARCC & Spreadsheets

Unit 8: Linear and Exponential Functions
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## Big Idea: Writing formulas in a spreadsheet lays foundations for writing recursive rules for arithmetic and geometric sequences.

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