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We would like to recommend to ALL 8th graders that you should consider purchasing a graphing calculator that can be used in 8th grade math, Math I, as well as in High School and College classes. We are requiring this of our 8th grade Math I classes.  If your family already owns a TI-83, you do not need to purchase a new calculator.  We recommend the TI-84+ or TI-Nspire CX. The TI-Nspire CX is a bit more costly than the TI-84+, but it is more modern technology with color menu driven screens and more detailed display.  (Do NOT purchase the TI-Nspire CAS, it is not allowed for testing!)  We would like to note that the high school math teachers are most familiar with the TI-84+ calculators if you want to consider that in your decision for purchasing a calculator.  
 
TI83Plus  TI84PlusTI-84SilverTI-Nspire CX
 
Thank you,
8th grade math teachers.