“This is an encouraging beginning for the District on these more rigorous state standards and assessments,” said Dr. Jim Briscoe, Superintendent of Canyons School District. “The data reflect the hard work of our teachers in implementing the state standards and effectively utilizing our District curriculum, as well as their focus on research-based instructional practices. This strong achievement baseline indicates we are headed in the right direction with our Academic Plan.”
State SAGE results are available for all school districts and schools on its website.
In elementary schools, Canyons is well above the state average in all eight SAGE tests. In English Language Arts, Canyons students on average performed 8 to 9 percentage points higher than the state.
In middle schools, Canyons is well above the state average in eight of the nine SAGE tests. For English Language Arts and Science, Canyons students on average performed 10 percentage points higher than the state.
In high schools, Canyons is above the state average in five of the eight SAGE tests. High school English Language Arts scores are on average 4 to 5 percentage points higher than state results, and Secondary Math I results are 7 percentage points higher than state results.
Also of note: Canyons students did not take the Secondary Math III test last spring because Secondary Math III had not yet been implemented in Canyons as part of the new state core. However, Canyons’ state report includes Secondary Math III scores of students who took the test in a previous school but who recently moved into Canyons District. Canyons is implementing Secondary Math III this school year, and looks forward to measuring student achievement in Secondary Math III in the spring 2015 SAGE testing period.
Utah students took the state-mandated SAGE tests for the first time in spring 2014. The tests were designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. Because the SAGE tests are different from the CRTs, results of the two tests cannot be compared.
The SAGE tests are one of many measurements of student achievement. Other test data show rising student achievement in Canyons School District.
More information about SAGE, including FAQs and resources for parents, can be found at www.canyonsdistrict.org/sage.