Two Canyons District elementary schools — Granite and Sunrise elementaries — were ranked in Utah’s top 25 highest-performing schools in all three subject areas of the 2015 statewide SAGE exam, with Granite Elementary ranked among Utah’s top five highest-performing schools.
Overall, CSD schools appear 16 times in Utah’s Top 25 rankings of elementary, middle and high school student performance on the SAGE math, science, and English language arts exams, as published in the Deseret News on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The News created top 25 lists for each school level (elementary, middle and high school) and tested subject.
From a districtwide perspective, CSD students overall showed growth in 20 of 25 tests administered over the past two years, and outperformed the state in 22 of 26 tests administered this year. This is the first year CSD administered the Math 3 test to high school students.
“We are pleased with the overall performance of Canyons students on the SAGE exams. We especially wish to congratulate our schools that have been ranked as among Utah’s best, as well as all of our teachers and school administrators for focusing on continued improvement in student achievement,” Canyons Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe said. “That said, we know that we still have work to do. The Administration is examining student SAGE performance in greater depth to determine how the data can be used improve student achievement across the board.”
In the Deseret News report, Granite Elementary was ranked in Utah’s top five highest-performing schools in all SAGE subjects tested. Granite ranked No. 5 in math with 78.8 percent proficiency; No. 3 in English language arts with 78.8 percent proficiency; and No. 2 in science with 80.3 percent proficiency. The Salt Lake Tribune also listed Granite Elementary in the top 5 of all Utah schools’ performance in all three subject areas.
Sunrise Elementary was ranked No. 16 in math with 73 percent proficiency; No. 7 in English language arts with 72.5 percent proficiency; and No. 6 in science with 76.8 percent proficiency.
Among middle schools, CSD’s Draper Park ranked No. 5 in English language arts with 62.8 percent proficiency and No. 5 in science with 73 percent proficiency.
Also breaking Utah’s top 10 are Brookwood Elementary, ranked No. 4 in science in science with 77.1 percent proficiency; and Willow Springs Elementary ranked No. 10 in English language arts in English language arts with 70.9 percent proficiency.
Albion Middle also appeared twice in Utah’s middle school rankings, as No. 22 in math and No. 17 in English language arts.
Other CSD schools appearing in the top 25 highest-performing schools are: