Since becoming a teacher, I have been told that calculators are tools that are essential for the education of today's kids and are meant to be used liberally. The kids have been taught the same doctrine, and they have been trained to use their calculators for tests and classroom work from an early grade. Now, we received word that the state has prohibited the use of calculators on most parts of the all important state test. They made the change in December. The state test will be administered at the end of April. Many of my students are unable to work confidently without the use of a calculator, and this sudden change puts me in a real bind. Any suggestions?