Congratulations to Mrs. Pye, our school’s Teacher of the Year! Thanks to all those who joined us to surprise Mrs. Pye on March 28 with the exciting news.
New State Tests This Spring
Beginning in April, students in grades 3-11 and some students in grade 12 will take new, online tests required by the State Board of Education.
The tests are called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence). SAGE tests are designed to measure the new Utah Core Standards in math and English language arts and Utah’s science standards. The tests will replace the CRTs.
The State Board of Education requires Utah students to take the SAGE tests every year. The state will report the overall test results in the fall. Please keep in mind that because these tests are completely different from the CRTs that measured old state standards, the results cannot be compared to old CRT scores.
SAGE practice tests are available at www.sageportal.org. They include multiple choice questions, writing prompts, and even experiments. We encourage you to check them out.
More information about the SAGE tests can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org.
We are looking forward to visiting with all of you this week during our SEP Conferences. Remember that our new report card will contain separate reports of the following:
- A child's mastery of academic standards in language arts and math;
- A child's learning skills that support academic success; and
- A child's growth over time on grade-level benchmarks in language arts and math.
In the past, student grades have included subjective factors like attendance, effort, and attitude. In the I-CANyons Standards-Based Report Card, student mastery and work habits are reported separately in order to give a more accurate report of student progress. Grades also will reflect a student's current understanding of the content, and not average lower scores that may have been earned in the beginning of the semester. This will give parents a clear understanding of what students have learned as a result of their experience in school. It also will give parents and teachers the tools to identify precisely where a child needs help.