SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) is Utah’s computer adaptive assessment system aligned to the state’s core standards. This comprehensive testing system includes the following summative, interim, and formative components. Students in grades 6-8 will take the SAGE assessments in the spring of each year to measure growth against the Core Standards. The scores help the school identify strengths and weaknesses in our teaching practices and are also necessary for federal and state funding.
SAGE Summative: Summative adaptive assessments required for state and federal accountability provided for English language arts (ELA), math and science.
SAGE Formative: Optional learning resources, test items, and learning activities available to teachers, parents and students, linked to students’ summative test results.
All students grades 6-8 will take the STAR test in reading and math during their classes 3 times a year. The STAR assessments are used to screen students for their reading and math achievement levels. STAR Reading and STAR Math™ assessments help determine reading and math achievement levels for placement in intervention and honors classes. STAR™ assessments can also be used to monitor student growth throughout the year, to estimate students’ understanding of state standards, and predict students’ performance on the state test.
The tests usually take about 20 minutes during their English or math classes and are computer adaptive tests. Computer-adaptive tests continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare your child the frustration of items that are too difficult and the boredom of items that are too easy.