SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) Utah’s computer adaptive assessment system (new during the 20132014 school year) aligned to the state’s core standards. This comprehensive testing system includes the following summative, interim, and formative components. Learn more at the SAGE Portal: http://www.sageportal.org
ORS (Online Reporting Systems) SAGE results and data can be accessed by teachers using ORS. Click on the ORS icon on the SAGE Portal Dashboard and login with your SAGE Portal login credentials. Click here to access the 201516 ORS User Guide. StepbyStep instructions for
Teachers: How to Access SAGE Report.

SAGE Summative TrainingTeacher Accounts: Make sure teacher accounts exist on the SAGE Portal (TIDE) Website. Need teacher Cactus ID to set up accounts. Create these accounts before training.
Allowed Materials  Scratch and Graph Paper Policy (page 9, Test Administration Manual) Blank scratch and/or graph paper are allowed for all students for all tests. Scratch paper becomes part of the secure testing materials. Students may not take their scratch paper with them. The proctor should always collect scratch paper at the end of every session. If a student wants to reuse scratch paper on a later session (e.g., notes from the ELA or writing section) he or she may, as long as it is for the same test and it was securely stored between sessions. After the testing window has closed, the school testing coordinator must ensure that all scratch paper is destroyed. 
Language ArtsGrades 3 – 12 Testing Sessions
LANGUAGE ARTS SAGE RESOURCES Writing TEST FAQ Document: Document answers Frequently Asked Writing Questions. The SAGE practice test/trial test is the place for explicit teaching and guidance on writing. It is here where teachers can guide students through the best way to use scratch paper for prewriting activities, etc. The month of March has been set aside for these SAGE practice activities. Sample Writing Prompts & Text Sets are now available. Writing rubrics & scoring samples are now available to guide instruction.
ELA  Literacy Blueprints are now available! Also take a look at the DOK Hess Cognitive Rigor for ELA! Can I have students develop their writing response on scratch paper and then type it into the SAGE system? Yes. Scratch paper is available for students throughout Writing SAGE. These scratch papers are secure materials. At the end of each test session they should be collected by the test proctor. If students are to return to continue writing, students should write their names on the papers, and the proctor must store them in a secure location Can I have students look at the writing prompt and then go back to my classroom and have them compose the written answer and return to the lab later to type in the answer? No, all written components must be completed during the scheduled testing session(s) in front of computer. Can scratch paper for writing be returned to the student the next day if they are continuing work on the same prompt? Yes Can I give my students a graphic organizer/outline/other writing support? No. SAGE is a measure of the skills and knowledge students have internalized over the course of the school year. Teachers and proctors are not allowed to supply students with outside instructional resources such as graphic organizers, outlines, and word lists. This includes all materials that would unfairly influence a student’s score. What materials are allowed during testing?
Are there set stopping points on the SAGE Writing Test? No. Whenever a teacher wants they can pause the test for students and return the next day (or another day). Students need to PAUSE the writing test at the end of the session(s). Only when both prompts are completed should a student click, Submit for Scoring. Is there a spell check or dictionary for SAGE writing? Yes, Those tools are available for all grades 3  11 on both writing prompts. Is highlighting or annotation available? Highlighting is available. There is an online notepad where students can take notes. Students will also be able to have a blank scratch paper and pen/pencil as well. Be aware that highlighted text is only active during the current session and not saved. How much do students need to write? There is not an exact required length given for student responses, but guidance is provided as part of the prompt.
How do students cite the textual information/evidence they incorporate in their essays?
How long are the text sets? All text sets will contain at least two passages, but most will be multiple passages. The overall length is determined by word count. There is a minimum and maximum word count for all text sets, which is based on grade level words read per minute (wpm) targets. The training test is an accurate example of the length of the text sets for the opinion/argumentative prompt. How will the SAGE Writing be scored this year (201415)? Hand scored. This is the major reason for moving up SAGE Writing into February. How will they be scored in future years? (201516) Machine scored (with a very small portion hand scored.) If I have charts (core curriculum instructional aides) up in my room do I need to take them down for the test? Students should not be provided with any assistance that would elevate their score. Charts and posters that would help students take the test should be covered or taken down. 
MathematicsGrades 3 – 12 Testing Sessions
MATHEMATICS SAGE RESOURCES Mathematics Reference Sheet Policy: Reference sheets will not be available or necessary for Elementary or Secondary. In 6th grade if a formula is needed, it will be embedded in the problem. In 7 – 11, if a formula is needed to solve the problem, the formula may or may not be given depending on the Core Curriculum standard. Secondary Math Calculator Policy: Students may use any calculator previously used during instruction (with the exception of a phone or internet capable device.) An onscreen calculator is also available. In 6th grade an onscreen calculator can be used on certain test questions. It will depend on the Core Curriculum Standard. Students cannot bring their own calculator. Elementary Math Calculator Usage: In grades 35 a handheld calculator is not allowed and students are not allowed to bring their own. Based on the Utah State Standards and students in these grades need to build basic computation skills and knowledge. Calculators are provided onscreen if a calculator is needed. The SAGE Calculators Manual is also available for you and your students to learn how the onscreen calculator works. Sample OnScreen Calculators are available currently for practice.
Math Blueprints are now available!
If I have formula charts (core curriculum instructional aides) up in my room do I need to take them down for the test? Students should not be provided with any assistance that would elevate their score. Charts and posters that would help students take the test should be covered or taken down. Will students/schools/districts receive a percent score? Students/schools/ district will not receive a percent correct any more, just a score. 
ScienceGrades 412 Testing Sessions
SCIENCE SAGE RESOURCES Science Calculator Policy: An onscreen calculator is available for all students.
Science Blueprints are now available. Also take a look at the DOK Hess Cognitive Rigor Math/Science for science and math! Reference Sheets for Science If I have charts (core curriculum instructional aides) up in my room do I need to take them down for the test? Students should not be provided with any assistance that would elevate their score. Charts and posters that would help students take the test should be covered or taken down. 
Last edited by Rachel Murphy, 1/23/14