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

  • ALERT: Chrome OS 63 is now available on the Secure Browser page. This version is fully supported and corrects the TTS tracking issues introduced in OS 61 and 62. We recommend that you update to this version of the Chrome OS. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rathke at kim.rathke@schools.utah.gov.

    Added: February 16, 2018
  • ALERT: A new secure browser is available for MacOS 10.13 High Sierra. If your computers need  this secure browser, please contact the Help Desk at  sagehelpdesk@air.org or call (855) 570-7239.

    Added: February 12, 2018
  • The SAGE winter testing window is now open. During this window, all tests (Summative, Interim, and Benchmark modules) are available. Please be advised that the winter window ends at the close of business on March 9th, 2018. Any benchmark, interim and summative test that have not been completed before this time will be force completed by the system. Please ensure that all of your students have completed their tests before this date.

    Added: January 2, 2018
  • The SAGE Fall testing window will close at the end of the day on Friday, December 16. SAGE Fall interim tests (Class Period and Full-Reporting) that have not been completed will be automatically forced complete after the 16thSummative tests will not be touched. All SAGE testing will be closed until the Winter testing window opens on January 3, 2018. To view the USBE Assessment Schedule click here.

    Added: December 13, 2017
  • ALERT: In iOS 11.0 (iPads) a security risk was identified for iPads not managed by an MDM.  The risk was that a user could pin a second app on top of the secure browser.  The new iOS 11.1 has resolved this security risk.  Please update your iOS devices to version 11.1 by December 15, 2017.  After this date, iOS 11.0 will be blocked due to the security risk.  If you have questions and/or concerns with this please contact Kim Rathke, kim.rathke@schools.utah.gov.

    Added: November 21, 2017
  • ALERT: Chrome OS 61 and 62 are now available and supported for SAGE testing. However, there is a known issue with TTS tracking within those versions of the operating system. Google is working to resolve the issue, but we recommend waiting to update your Chrome operating system until we notify you that the issue has been resolved. If the Chrome operating systems have already been updated, you can continue to test, but students may experience tracking issues with TTS. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Rathke at kim.rathke@schools.utah.gov.

    Added: November 15, 2017
  • ALERT: Apple has released iOS 11.1 for iPads in the App Store. This version corrects the security risk identified for iPads not managed by a MDM. We ask that any iPads on iOS 11.0 be updated to the new version 11.1 before testing. If you had waited to upgrade, iOS 11.1 is now available and supported.

    Added: November 8, 2017
  • Notice: Practice clusters for the new SEEd standards are now available at the Training Site card on the SAGE Portal.  We encourage all grade 6 – 8 teachers to share them with their students. Information on these practice clusters is available here.

    Added: October 30, 2017
  • ALERT: We have identified an issue with the new MacOS 10.13 High Sierra release.  At this time we are blocking MacOS 10.13 for secure testing. We will provide updates regarding this release when we have more information.

    Added: October 27, 2017
  • Science Sample Clusters:

    Sample clusters for all grades including 6-8 are available by clicking here.

    Please note that these might not align to Utah standards but allow you to get familiar with the concept of science clusters.

    SAGE science grades 6 – 8 practice tests aligned to Utah standards will be available shortly.

    Please direct any questions about the samples to Scott Roskelley at scott.roskelley@schools.utah.gov  

    Added: October 18, 2017

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