Based on the practice tests we have had to administer, we are headed for the
same nonsense here in Utah.
Where are the evidence of improved learning, resulting from standardized
testing, assessments, and accountability?Great that the people of
New York are waking up.Students do not belong to the state, or feds.
It's a good thing that Utah has created its own test and is. It using the
New York one.
Interesting--Jessica Lahey, the Atlantic writer quoted in this article, used to
live in Salt Lake and taught English at Rowland Hall.
Utah is not administering the same end of year assessment as New York.
I've repeatedly heard students at my school in Utah say the new SAGE
assessment makes me work harder but I like it better than the multiple choice
test I had to take last year. Hysteria accomplishes nothing. Let's give
the State Office of Education time to review the results of this first year of
the SAGE assessment, which uses questions that were reviewed by a parent
The Sage test is a one-of-a-kind test developed in-state and aligned to
Utah's core standards. So far we are a week in at our school testing and
it appears that the tests are moving along smoothly. Surprisingly no server
fails at the state or school level have occurred that I have been aware of. The
only issue we have faced so far likely is a local hardware issue. We will see
how the students react as we get into the computer adaptive portions. That is
the key difference between this test and past ones. The test is supposed to
adapt levels based on student response. Even the highest performing kids should
in theory ceiling out on the test questions.As far as the results of
the test go, I am pretty sure we already knew well before the tests where our
students would perform when they release them next year. We assess our students
continually so year end testing feels redundant, likely how the teachers,
parents and students in New York felt. We do the tests to appease lawmakers and
to give the students practice for college tests.