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New York parents, teachers and kids protest Common Core tests


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  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    April 14, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    The Sage test is a one-of-a-kind test developed in-state and aligned to Utah's core standards. So far we are a week in at our school testing and it appears that the tests are moving along smoothly. Surprisingly no server fails at the state or school level have occurred that I have been aware of. The only issue we have faced so far likely is a local hardware issue. We will see how the students react as we get into the computer adaptive portions. That is the key difference between this test and past ones. The test is supposed to adapt levels based on student response. Even the highest performing kids should in theory ceiling out on the test questions.

    As far as the results of the test go, I am pretty sure we already knew well before the tests where our students would perform when they release them next year. We assess our students continually so year end testing feels redundant, likely how the teachers, parents and students in New York felt. We do the tests to appease lawmakers and to give the students practice for college tests.

  • dyc Vernal, UT
    April 12, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    Utah is not administering the same end of year assessment as New York. I've repeatedly heard students at my school in Utah say the new SAGE assessment makes me work harder but I like it better than the multiple choice test I had to take last year. Hysteria accomplishes nothing. Let's give the State Office of Education time to review the results of this first year of the SAGE assessment, which uses questions that were reviewed by a parent committee.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    Interesting--Jessica Lahey, the Atlantic writer quoted in this article, used to live in Salt Lake and taught English at Rowland Hall.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    April 12, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    It's a good thing that Utah has created its own test and is. It using the New York one.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 12, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    Where are the evidence of improved learning, resulting from standardized testing, assessments, and accountability?

    Great that the people of New York are waking up.

    Students do not belong to the state, or feds.

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2014 11:07 p.m.

    Based on the practice tests we have had to administer, we are headed for the same nonsense here in Utah.