Fossil Ridge Intermediate
- This letter, from a Washington County School District Teacher, explains how we view the SAGE test and what is (and is not) important about it. - The Why Behind SAGE
- This link to the State Board of Education website provides an overview of how SAGE data is protected. - http://www.schools.utah.gov/assessment/SAGE/Resources/2014LongitudinalSystem.aspx
- This letter from American Institutes for Research (AIR) to the Utah State Superintendent describes AIR's commitment to data security. - http://www.schools.utah.gov/assessment/SAGE/Resources/AIRSuperintendent.aspx
- This short video shows how to interpret your student's SAGE report. - http://stream.schools.utah.gov/videoarchive/assessment/SAGE.mp4
- Here is a quick-step guide to take a SAGE Practice Test. - SAGE Practice Guide
- How much time do students spend taking tests? This table shows all the tests students are required to take from Kindergarten to 12th grade along with the time requirements for each test. At the end of the list is a summary of testing time by grade. - http://assessment.washk12.org/site_file/assessment/files/assessments/test_impact_table_2016-17.pdf
- The SAGE Portal contains lots of information for students and parents about the tests. - http://sageportal.org/students/
We’re excited to be approaching the end of the school year and, with our end-of-year testing, the chance for our students to measure their amazing progress on the SAGE test! Every year, we are delighted to see the growth the tests demonstrate; students who take the tests are even more excited to see their progress.
The SAGE tests have other benefits: Nearly every college and career path requires stringent testing to gain entrance into their programs or professions. Our yearly testing helps students gain the confidence and skills to handle important tests in a low-stress, high-encouragement situation. (As you know, the SAGE test has no effect on a student’s grades.)
During those two weeks of testing, one week of writing and a second few days of reading/listening/language testing, students will practice valuable testing skills and demonstrate their new skills. Those not choosing to participate in the SAGE test will do the same tasks over the same time frame, but won’t have the benefit of measuring their progress in a standardized form that can show yearly growth.
We’re working hard to prepare so students should feel confident in their skills and knowledge. As parents and guardians, you can encourage your student to look forward to this “big game” that will let your children celebrate their fabulous growth this year.
SAGE is a great opportunity for students to show what they have learned. It allows teachers to gauge the high-levels of learning by understanding the knowledge students have gained.
Students learn life skills where they can work under pressure, accomplish a goal, and acquire essential test-taking skills.
It is essential for students to take the SAGE test so as Math 6 teachers we can adequately measure a student’s growth and learning, as well as correctly place students in future math classes.
The SAGE results also help us as teachers to reflect on “best practices” teaching strategies by knowing where students have succeeded or struggled.
At the conclusion of any/all classes, an end assessment is always needed to measure a student’s academic growth and understanding. SAGE is the tool Fossil Ridge uses to measure this growth.