SAGE Results Coming October 20th: What Families Can Expect
In spring 2014, the State Board of Education required all Utah Students, beginning in the third grade, to take new state tests. The tests, called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence), were designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. They are completely different from the CRTs. Therefore, SAGE and CRT results cannot be compared.
Statewide SAGE results will be released Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. These will include results for every school district and every school in the state.
At this point, the Utah State Office of Education is reporting that fewer than half of the Utah students tested are expected to score as proficient in English language arts, mathematics and science. As always, we will prepare individual student reports to share with you in conferences later in the school year. In the meantime, parents are urged to keep a few things in mind when interpreting these scores:
- SAGE scores cannot be compared to the CRTs. The tests are different, and measure different standards, or expectations, for student achievement.
- SAGE tests measure whether students are meeting the state¹s higher expectations for college- and career-readiness.
- When tests that measure higher standards are first introduced, test scores typically appear lower than what parents might be used to, the state reports. However, in many cases, the state reports that test scores gradually improve in the years thereafter.
SAGE results will influence state school accountability reports. The State Office of Education has indicated that most Utah schools will receive D or F grades as a result of these more challenging standards. The State Board of Education will continue to discuss estimated results with members of the Utah Legislature. School grades are expected to be released to the public in December.
At this point, as is always the case with test scores, we recommend parents focus on a child¹s individual achievement, celebrate successes, and set individual goals as appropriate for your child¹s success.
More information and resources about the SAGE can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage
Piper Riddle has been appointed as Draper Elementary’s new principal for the 2013-14 school year. Principal Kenna Sorensen has transferred to East Sandy Elementary School. Mrs. Riddle has been working as a curriculum and instruction specialist at the district and a specialist for literacy, mathematics and dual immersion. She has taught fourth and fifth grade, worked as a private tutor, education consultant, and instructional coach. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education and is a Ph.D. candidate in curriculum and instruction. She and her husband, Rod, are the parents of three children (ages 12, 14, 16) and reside in Heber City.