SAGE scores 2016: Top Utah schools in mathematics

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  • MyNameIsNobody Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2016 4:36 p.m.

    Kids that opt out aren't counted at all. Only kids that take the test figure into the data. I teach 9th grade math and not one of my students who opted out counted towards our school average.

  • Thanks Though Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 5:25 p.m.

    Utah SAGE - the most meaningless, over-analyzed, assessment available. Where but in Utah can you grade a school and a teacher on a test that the students can't be graded on? Teachers can't even reward students for their performance on the exam because that would single out and embarrass little Johnnie who was opted out of the test by his mom. Then you have the high school students that don't get opted out but instead they "complete" the exam designed to last two periods in less than 5 minutes. And their score counts as a reflection of the school and the teacher.
    SAGE has the potential to be a useful assessment but the legislature cowers to the far right and refuses to make the assessment mandatory or meaningful.
    Wake up Utah Legislature!
    By the way, congrats to all of the Early College High Schools. Nice scores. Looks like you might have students that actually care to do well...

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 10:31 a.m.

    Jordan School District only had 2 middle schools even rank among all of these schools. Is that because parents opt out of SAGE, and then the test scores are averaged from those students who would be 0%. I know Jordan is a great school district. That's the only reason I can think of.

    Canyons, Davis, and Alpine, on the other hand, did really well.

  • kpyto Provo, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 9:51 a.m.

    Sierra Bonita is an elementary school. I am glad to see one or two less affluent schools make this list. Usually, it is the most affluent schools that do the best and that holds true for most of this list.

  • TClark spanish fork, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 9:37 a.m.

    When a student opts out of SAGE testing a ZERO score is averaged into the school's overall score. The SAGE scores become less and less meaningful as more and more students are opting out.
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/
    865653999/Opting-out-of-SAGE-
    test-is-on-the-rise.html?pg=all

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 24, 2016 8:49 a.m.

    I hope education leaders both at the state and at the district levels correctly analyze this data, it's very telling to me that there is no pattern to any of these scores. One would think that to have a high school in the top 25 the feeder schools would also have performed well but that doesn't seem to be the case. So what is leading the top schools to succeed and how do districts push that success down the chain. Or how do districts see success at the elementary level and push that success on up the chain. Over the past SAGE years, and even further back, it doesn't seem like districts have been doing this type of trend analysis.