Congratulations to Traditional Schools & YRE B

Congratulations to Traditional Schools and YRE B for finishing up their 2014 Summative SAGE assessments!  Nice job everyone!

Just a reminder of the rest of the 2014 SAGE Testing Window:

YRE A    June 6

YRE C & D     June 13

Remember–you need to call RaDean Meyers (801-567-8393) when all of your testing has been completed and all appropriate special codes have been entered.

Special Codes

Special codes must be entered for students who did not participate in a specific SAGE test.  Special codes should NOT  be entered for students who did participate in a specific SAGE test.

To identify those students who did NOT participate in a specific SAGE test, go to the ORS and generate the “Test Status Code Report”.  A “Special Code” would be marked ONLY if the “Test Status” column on a student’s specific SAGE test is blank or “Paused” with Fewer than 6 questions answered.  If the “Test Status” column is marked “Paused”, with 6 or more questions answered,  a “Special Code” is not to be marked.  Remember, a “Special Code” must be marked in “TIDE” and cannot be marked on the “Test Status Code Report”.

Contact RaDean Meyers or Clyde Mason if you have questions about this directive.

Test Status Tool

As you are aware, the Summative SAGE Testing Window closes on May 23 for Traditional Schools and YRE B, June 6 for YRE A, and June 13 for YRE C and D.  As in the past, every student must be accounted for, and the test status for each student will need to be verified as an integral part of that testing window.  By the end of the testing window, the appropriate non-participation “Special Codes” must be marked for all students’ SAGE tests that were not completed during the testing window.

To assist you in checking the status of each student that currently appears in SAGE, along with the special codes that you have entered for non-participating students, a document has been deposited in your school’s secure ftp site.  Please ask your principal to open the report for you under the title 2014 SAGE Non-Completion (your school name) 5-21-14.

Remember all SAGE testing must completed by 3:30 pm on the last day of your testing window, and you must call RaDean Meyers (801-567-8393) to complete the check-out process.

The end of 2014 SAGE is in Sight for Traditional Schools and YRE B

This is just a reminder that all SAGE Testing must be completed by 3:30 pm on May 23, 2014 for all Traditional Schools and for YRE Track B.

By the end of the SAGE Testing Window, test coordinators MUST make sure that the appropriate non-participation “Special Codes” are marked for ALL students’ SAGE tests that were not completed during the SAGE testing window.  Non-participation “Special Codes” are to be marked as follows:

ABSENT– The student could have, and should have, participated in the SAGE test but did not participate in ANY part of the SAGE test.

WITHDRAWN – The student did not participate in the SAGE test due to one or more of the following reasons:

1.  the student has been withdrawn from the course, subject or school

2.  during the SAGE testing window, the student was ill, on home or hospital, or medically unable to participate in SAGE testing

3.  a family or other emergency during the SAGE testing window prevented the student from participating in the SAGE test

4.  the student started the SAGE test, but due to a family emergency was unable to (a) respond to at least six questions if participating in ELA, Math, or Science SAGE test or (b) was unable to respond with at least one written character on the SAGE Writing test

5.  the student was suspended from school attendance for the entire testing window

6.  the student is a foreign exchange student and did not participate in the SAGE test

ELL 1st Yr in US (after April 15)– The student did not participate in the SAGE test because he/she enrolled for the first time in a U.S. school after April 15 of the current school year AND requires ELL services.

ELL 1st Yr in US (before April 15)– The student did not participate in the ELA or Writing SAGE test because he/she is an ELL student and this is the student’s first school year in a U.S. school.

UAA– The student did not participate in the SAGE test because he/she is a special education student who qualifies for participation in the Utah Alternative Assessment.

Refused to Test — The student did not participate in the SAGE test because either (1) the student refused to participate in the SAGE test, or (2) the student’s parent or guardian opted out of having the student participate in the SAGE test.

After you have verified with the ORS system that all of your students have either completed testing or had the appropriate special codes marked, please call RaDean Meyers (801-567-8393) to check out.  This process must be completed by 3:30 pm on the last day of your testing window.

 

Generating Reports in ORS

The SAGE help desk has suggested that the difficulty with generating reports in the ORS may be resolved if you clear out your cache.  If you have any question about how to do that, you may call our office or check with your district tech.

 

SAGE Writing Test Security Reminder

All Summative SAGE Writing passages and prompts are secure materials and may be reused as part of future Summative SAGE Writing Assessment.  Because they are secure materials, Summative SAGE Writing passages and prompts are NOT to be copied, printed, photographed, transcribed, emailed, posted electronically, discussed or used by teachers for instruction or in any other way.  The misuse of secure testing materials is a violation of professional testing ethics and is subject to applicable state law.

Summative SAGE Overall Testing Begins

The Summative SAGE testing window is about to open for Math, Science and ELA.  Please remember to follow all testing ethics procedures, including reading the script that is found in the Summative SAGE Test Administration Manual (TAM).

There is also a script for the “Five-Minute Alert Before the End of the Test Session” which is found on page 6 of the TAM.  Students will log in to the Secure Browser to begin testing just as they did for the SAGE Writing Test, but you will need to read the “Five-Minute Alert” script to remind them to review their responses before you end the session.  When you open the next session for students, they will be able to continue testing from the point where they ended their previous session.

 

 

Reminder for Netbook Users

Just a quick reminder for schools using netbooks for Summative SAGE

assessments:  Be sure to reboot the netbooks between classes, or at the very least between every two classes.

Participation in Summative SAGE Assessments

Please be aware of the following participation guidelines for Summative SAGE Assessments:

PARTICIPATION IN SAGE SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS 

Language Arts

·         All 3rd through 6th grade students are to take their grade-based SAGE Writing Assessment

·         All 3rd through 6th grade students are to also take their grade-based SAGE Language Arts Assessment.

·         Secondary students are to take their grade-based SAGE Writing Assessment unless they received language arts and writing instruction at a higher grade level during 2013-14.  e.g.  A 10th grade honors student who was part of an 11th grade language arts class in 2013-14 would take the 11th grade SAGE Writing Test.

·         Secondary students are to take their grade-based SAGE Language Arts Assessment unless they received language arts and writing instruction at a higher grade level during 2013-14.  e.g.  A 10th grade honors students who was part of an 11th grade language arts class in 2013-14 would take the 11th grade SAGE Language Arts Test.

Science 

·         All 4th through 8th grade students are to take their grade-based SAGE Science assessment.

·         All secondary students enrolled in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics courses are to take the corresponding course-based science SAGE assessment.

Math

  • All student in grade 3 through 6 are to take their grade-based SAGE Math assessment.
  • Students in grade 7 and 8 will take their grade-based math SAGE test with the following two exceptions:  
    • a 7th grade honors math student who receives math instruction at the grade 8 level will take the math 8 SAGE test and not the 7th grade math test.
    • an 8th grade honors math student who is enrolled in Secondary Math I will take the Secondary Math I SAGE test and not the 8th grade math test.
  • All secondary students enrolled in Secondary Math I, II, or III courses will take the corresponding course-based Math SAGE test.

 

Summative SAGE Writing Times

If students have not completed the SAGE Writing assessment after 130 minutes of total test time, it is appropriate to announce the following: “Students it is now time to make your concluding statements and finish your essays.  Please complete your essays in the next few minutes.