The following is from UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh.
Thank you for all of your feedback on the SAGE computer adaptive test. Many members contacted me and shared personal experiences, frustrations and hopes about the SAGE test. More than 3,000 members participated in our online survey and shared their experiences with SAGE. This input was extremely valuable in understanding the problems and potential of the new tests for students and educators. Based on this feedback UEA met with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) to discuss SAGE and request specific action.
We specifically requested that the Utah State Board of Education address, correct or implement several critical issues related to SAGE:
· Technical glitches
· Technology infrastructure
· Accommodations for special education students
· Testing protocols
· Loss of instructional time required to administer assessments
· Clear communication plan to engage educators
As part of the effort to keep educators more fully informed about SAGE, please see the letter from USOE Associate Superintendent Judy Park. The letter outlines corrections and changes that will be made to the test, the timeline for release of testing data and next steps in the SAGE development process.