SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) has brought many changes to education this past year. This assessment was designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. SAGE is a computer-adaptive test that is designed to measure students’ higher-order thinking skills. SAGE tests have replaced the end of year CRT tests although the two cannot be compared. CRT tests measured old standards and student recall via multiple-choice questions. SAGE measures all depths of knowledge through multiple-choice, essay, animated and virtual lab questions. Therefore, SAGE and CRT results cannot be compared.
At Bear River Middle School we are doing all we can to help ensure all students are ready for the global workforce. Students will be competing with individuals all over the globe when they begin looking for a job. We want our students to have the skills necessary to successfully compete. We feel SAGE is helping us prepare students by providing us a tool to help measure their thinking at deeper levels. Below you will find Bear River Middle School’s 2013-14 SAGE results. There are some things parents should keep in mind when interpreting these scores.
- SAGE scores cannot be compared to the CRTs. The tests are different and measure different standards (expectations for student achievement.)
- SAGE tests measure a higher standard. When tests with higher standards are first introduced students typically score lower than they have in a past. This is not a reflection of decreased learning but an increase in expectation.
- The state’s higher expectations for college-and career-readiness are measured with SAGE.