State Testing & Accountability

sage-photoSAGE Results: Info For Families
In spring 2014, the State Board of Education required all Utah students, beginning in the third grade, to take new state tests. The tests, called SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence), were designed to measure more challenging state standards in mathematics, English language arts, and science. SAGE tests also are computer-adaptive, and are designed to measure students’ higher-order thinking skills. By comparison, the CRTs measured old standards and student recall via multiple choice answer sheets. Therefore, SAGE and CRT results cannot be compared.   >>SAGE Info

state-paceSchool Grading and PACE Reports
The Utah State Office of Education annually releases two Utah school accountability reports: School Grading, and PACE. PACE, implemented in 2014, is Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to ensure Utah is on pace to have 66 percent of all working-age Utahns hold a post-secondary degree or certification by the year 2020. This plan involves performance goals for kindergartners all the way through college students. School Grading was implemented in fall 2013 in accordance with state law.

There is considerable overlap between the PACE accountability report and School Grading. The key differences largely revolve around how many points students and schools can earn for growth in academic achievement and college-readiness measures. PACE reports show how well students are doing on the Utah Core Standards in multiple ways. School Grading is intended to simplify the multiple measures into a single letter grade.   >>State Testing & Accountability