SAGE Results Coming October 20: 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 sciencehttp://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile3/58310430-219/results-standards-percent-students.html.csp.
As always, we will prepare individual student reports to share with you 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 state’s 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 thereafterhttp://schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda/docs/Tab7.aspx.
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 child’s individual achievement, celebrate successes, and set individual goals as appropriate for your child’s success.
More information and resources about the SAGE can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage
Due to the tremendous response to the Fitness Fun Run fundraiser, we are extending the contest deadline for donations to Thursday, October 2nd. If your child has already turned in his or her envelope, please place any additional donations in a regular, sealed envelope marked with your child's name and the teacher's name as well as the donation total all clearly marked. Class and individual prizes are still up for grabs! So, get your donations in by this Thursday, October 2nd.
Here is an electronic copy of our monthly newsletter. There is a lot of valuable information included. Keep yourself informed and enjoy!
Edgemont's Fitness Fun Run is coming!! All students and staff will participate in a one mile run/walk around our neighborhood streets this Thursday, September 25th. Parents are invited to volunteer with our PTA to help support this wonderful school event (please visit www.eepta.org). Parents are also invited to join their student/s during the Fun Run. Come out, support our school, run our neighborhood streets, and join our fitness celebration.
Parking is very limited for this event. Getting to our school parking lot will be tricky since we will have roads closed off for the safety of our students. This event is celebrating fitness, so get in the spirit and walk/run over to the school on the morning of September 25th. Leave the car at home!