Canyons School District students continue to outperform their Utah peers on most of the SAGE tests, in some areas by as many as 12 percentage points.
“The data reflect the quality of our teachers and the hard work of our students, as well as the District’s investment in research-based instructional practices,” said CSD’s Research and Assessment Director Dr. Hal Sanderson.
State SAGE results for the 2017-2018 school year are available for all school districts on the Utah State Board of Education website.
Elementary Schools (grades 3-5)
In elementary schools, Canyons is well above the state average in all subject areas and grades. The District made gains in 4 of 8 elementary tests. The following shows the percentage of elementary students who tested proficient in 2017-2018:
English: CSD (58 percent), state (46 percent)
Math: CSD (62 percent), state (51 percent)
Science: CSD (59 percent), state (50 percent)
Middle Schools (grades 6-8)
In middle schools, Canyons is well above the state average in 5 of 6 tested areas. Middle school science results will not be released until November 2018. New middle school science content standards require new proficiency cut-scores to be developed by Utah educators. The following shows the percentage of middle school students who tested proficient in 2017-2018:
English: CSD (55 percent), state (46 percent)
Math: CSD (50 percent), state (43 percent)
Science: To be released in November
In 2018 SAGE was administered for the last time. Canyons District’s high school scores for the 2017-2018 school year can’t reliably be compared to the state average, because for the first time, CSD’s 11th graders were not required to take the test. They took the ACT college entrance exam, instead.
This is the last year for SAGE tests as the state transitions to a new testing vendor. Utah will debut RISE tests for students in grades 3-8 while students in grades 9 and 10 will take the Utah Aspire Plus exam in the 2018-19 school year. High school juniors will continue to take the ACT exam.