Update on testing from the State:
In the future, the SAGE assessment will measure students’ proficiency and growth.  In order to obtain a baseline for growth, they will be putting items in this year’s test that are aligned below and above the student’s current grade.  There will only be a few, and they will not lengthen the test.  Teachers will be prepping the students, so that they will know there will be a few questions on the test that they may not be familiar with; however, they should do their best to attempt them.  These questions will not be included in their score ; they are only for data collection.  It is the hope that if students are aware these questions are coming, then they will be less likely to become discouraged when they encounter them.
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