[CSD Math MS] UPDATE: SAGE Information: Vertical Linking Items

Duncan, Allison ALLISON.DUNCAN at canyonsdistrict.org
Mon Mar 3 09:15:10 MST 2014

Good morning all!

Attached is a memo from the Utah State Office of Education about off-grade level questions on the SAGE exam.  The memo explains that students WILL see questions on the SAGE exam that are off-grade level and off-course material this year.  Students WILL NOT be graded on these questions and these questions WILL NOT affect a teacher's SGP score (student growth percentile).  The memo explains the purpose of these questions and this will only happen for this year.  Please do not teach a grade level ahead in order to "prepare" students for these questions.

Please do warn students that they may see questions on materials they haven't learned and that they should try their best regardless of the question.

Also, remember that next year we will be piloting the new teacher evaluation that you learned about on February 7th.  So that while a teacher will receive an SGP score next year, the new teacher evaluation system will be not be officially in place until 2015 – 2016.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

Allison & Mindy

From: <Suddreth>, Diana <Diana.Suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Diana.Suddreth at schools.utah.gov>>
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014 6:34 AM
Subject: Verical Linking Items

Please see the very important information attached from the assessment section at USOE.  Your students WILL see off-grade and off-course material this year and the attached document explains why.  Please prepare your students by letting them know this will happen and encouraging them to not become discouraged.  As with any test, they should do their best where they can and not become stressed about items they do not understand.

Diana Suddreth, STEM Coordinator
Secondary Mathematics, Teaching and Learning
Utah State Office of Education
ASSM President-elect
250 E. 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov<mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>

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