From: Vickie Dean
To: Scott Sandall, David Lifferth, Jack Draxler, Edward Redd, Curt Webb, Jacob Anderegg, Justin Fawson, Gage Froerer, Jeremy Peterson, Dixon Pitcher, Brad Dee, Mike Schultz, Paul Ray, Curtis Oda, Brad Wilson, Steve Handy, Stewart Barlow, Timothy D. Hawkes, Raymond Ward, Becky Edwards, Doug Sagers, Susan Duckworth, Sandra Hollins, Rebecca Houck, Joel Briscoe, Angela Romero, Mike Kennedy, Brian King, Lee Perry, Fred Cox, Sophia DiCaro, LaVar Christensen, Craig Hall, Johnny Anderson, Mark A. Wheatley, Patrice Arent, Carol Moss, Eric Hutchings, Jim Dunnigan, Justin J. Miller, Daniel McCay, Kim Coleman, Earl Tanner, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Marie Poulson, Ken Ivory, Robert Spendlove, Richard Cunningham, Greg Hughes, John Knotwell, Kay Christofferson,
Subject: Our Kids
Date: Sat Feb 14 23:51:44 MST 2015

I am writing to express my concern over recent legislative comments about the new Sage tests. 

I am a 25 year veteran teacher.  My class took the new Sage Summative test last May.   All but three of my students in my average classroom passed the Sage tests.  My class average scores were 83 - 88%. 

Comments that the test is unfair and too hard are incorrect.  We must lift our expectations and standards in order to get  our place in the world back.

Also it was said in the legislator recently that Sage is only a summative test.  This also is incorrect.  I use Sage formative tests every day in my classroom to guide my instruction.  My students have come to like the challenges of Sage.  They are feeling confident as problem solvers.  I see outstanding growth among my students.

How wrong it is that it was said recently that test results cannot be used to evaluate teachers.  Summative test results should be used as one of the tools to assess teacher performance.  If a teacher continues year after year with an average student summative score of only 30% and with only 25% of her class passing the tests, there is a problem with that teacher.  We have many teachers in our state who need to be out of the education system. 

This is about our kids.  It is not about what is easiest for teachers.  PLEASE support Sage and end of year testing.  Please do not once again give up on a program that we are just getting established in our districts.  Teachers in my building are showing impressive student growth based on Sage Formative tests such as the Granite Quarterly Benchmark tests for math and language arts.



Vickie Dean, M.Ed.


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