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About the Training and Practice Tests

Purpose of the SAGE Training and Practice Tests

 

About the Practice Tests

The purpose of the Utah SAGE Practice Tests is to familiarize students, teachers, and parents with SAGE content, item types, and the user interface.These tests include items that represent both the variety in difficulty and item format that students may see on the SAGE Summative assessments.

The tests are not predictive of SAGE summative performance, but do provide an opportunity to respond to similar types of items in about half the time as the summative test. Additionally, the practice tests provide an item response key at the end so students can see what items they answered correctly and which they answered incorrectly.

The practice tests are available for Math and ELA tests only.

About the Training Tests

The purpose of the Utah SAGE Training Tests is to familiarize students and teachers with the design, format, and procedures for answering different types of items that will be included in the SAGE Summative assessments. Every school should also use these tests to certify that their local technology configuration can deliver SAGE Summative tests. Administering the training tests via the secure browser allows schools to determine whether their network and hardware can successfully administer live operational tests this spring.

These tests are aligned to the Utah Core Standards according to their individual grade span and represent both the variety in difficulty and item format that students may see on the SAGE Summative assessments. Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade span of each training test; nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with an item for its intended training purpose. If an item is appears to be too difficult, encourage your students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

Schools are encouraged to have students take the appropriate training test prior to the administration of SAGE Summative; however, each LEA/school may decide how it wants to use the training tests with its students.

The training tests do not include an item for each of the aligned Core State Standards that will be measured by the operational assessments. The training tests will NOT provide scores for students and should NOT be used to measure students’ content knowledge.

Each content test will contain items aligned to the indicated content area and grade span below. The SAGE Writing training test will provide students with an example stimulus, prompt, and response mechanism.

The training tests are divided in separate grade bands and content areas in the following manner:

  • Math
    • Math Grades 3–4
    • Math Grade 5
    • Math Grade 6
    • Math Grades 7–8
    • Math Grades HS (High School)
  • Science
    • Science Grades 4–6
    • Science Grades 7–8
    • Science Grades HS (High School)
  • Language Arts and Literacy
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 3–5
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 6–8
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 9–11
  • Writing
    • Writing Grades 3–5
    • Writing Grade 6
    • Writing Grades 7–8
    • Writing Grades 9–11

 

Announcements

  • The new Benchmark module assessments are now available to educators through the TA interface and are administered using the SAGE secure browser. The Benchmark reporting system, labeled “AIR Ways Reporting” is also available from the SAGE portal. There are almost 300 Benchmark Module tests available by grade and subject. Please be careful and add to the TA session carefully. LEA administrators can use the testing windows feature of TIDE to assist in managing the availability of Benchmarks.  Note that the new Testlets (created from the SAGE Formative resource bank) will not be deployed today.

    The new publicly available Practice Tests are also now available from the SAGE portal’s Training & Practice Sites card.

    Questions on how to access or use these new assessments and reports may be directed to the SAGE help desk: sagehelpdesk@air.org or 855-570-7239.

    Added: September 26, 2016