Zounds! Minnesota students will have to do a few basic calculations without a calculator on the state’s basic skills test. Here’s a sample no-calculator question.
1. Elise bought 8½ yards of material. She used 3¼ yards for pants. How many yards does she have left?
A. 4¼ yards
B. 5 1/8 yards
C. 5 1/6 yards
D. 5¼ yards
Students first take the test in eighth grade and have several chances to pass to qualify for graduation. They must get 75 percent of questions right.