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Parental Exclusion form for opting out of the SAGE assessments
September 15, 2017
Dear John Hancock Charter School Parent/Guardian,
The SAGE Summative assessments are secure assessments, designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and abilities described of the Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science. According to R277-404, SAGE Summative assessments are administered at the end of instruction for a SAGE-assessed course. The teacher, school and LEA responsible for instruction of each course is also responsible for ensuring the assessment is administered appropriately.
Three Types of Assessment
Formative Assessment occurs in the short term, as learners are in the process of making meaning of new content and of integrating it into what they already know. Feedback to the learner is immediate (or nearly so), to enable the learner to change his/her behavior and understandings right away. Formative Assessment also enables the teacher to "turn on a dime" and rethink instructional strategies, activities, and content based on student understanding and performance. His/her role here is comparable to that of a coach. Formative Assessment can be as informal as observing the learner's work or as formal as a written test. Formative Assessment is the most powerful type of assessment for improving student understanding and performance.
Interim Assessment takes place occasionally throughout a larger time period. Feedback to the learner is still quick, but may not be immediate. Interim Assessments tend to be more formal, using tools such as projects, written assignments, and tests. The learner should be given the opportunity to re-demonstrate his/her understanding once the feedback has been digested and acted upon. Interim Assessments can help teachers identify gaps in student understanding and instruction, and ideally teachers address these before moving on or by weaving remedies into upcoming instruction and activities.
Summative Assessment takes place at the end of a large chunk of learning, with the results being primarily for the teacher's or school's use. Results may take time to be returned to the student/parent, feedback to the student is usually very limited, and the student usually has no opportunity to be reassessed. Thus, Summative Assessment tends to have the least impact on improving an individual student's understanding or performance. Students/parents can use the results of Summative Assessments to see where the student's performance lies compared to either a standard or to a group of students. Teachers/schools can use these assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses of curriculum and instruction, with improvements affecting the next year's/term's students.
During the month of September and January, the students in our school will be involved in the SAGE Interim Assessments. Typically, the Interim test will take approximately 60 minutes to complete each subject. Interim Assessments will be used to demonstrate student’s growth each year and provide valuable intervention and progress monitoring results to students, parents, and classroom teachers. Also, students who participate in the Interim Assessments will be more familiar with SAGE testing tools which; in turn, will help students achieve higher scores on the end of level SAGE Summative Assessments.
Parents and students should view the SAGE Interim administered this year as a practice test to help students prepare for the testing at the end of the year. During parent teacher conferences, teachers will discuss the individual student scores and show you the resources available to students, parents, and teachers identified in the testing.
If you would like to review the SAGE program or sample questions, parents can access the tests at: http://www.sageportal.org/training-tests. Please take time to access the web page so you can be familiar with computer adaptive assessments.
If you choose to opt out of the SAGE assessments, you can find the Parental Exclusion is on the school’s website and attached to this email. We start interim assessments on Monday, September 18, 2017. If you choose to exempt your child, please sign the exclusion form and email it to email@example.com as soon as possible. If you have questions I can answer relating to the SAGE assessments please feel free to call me at 801-796-5646. I would be happy to visit with you.
John Hancock Charter School