Assessments

American College Test (ACT)

Shmoop Schools, Welcome Students, Counselors, Teachers, and Administrators

2018-2019 Paper Testing Administration 

Feb. 20, 2019
Initial test date

Feb. 20-22, 25-28, March 1, 4-6, 2019
Accommodated test dates

March 12, 2019
Makeup test date

March 12-15, 18, 2019
Accommodated makeup test date

April 2, 2019
Emergency test date

April 2-5, 8, 2019
Accommodated Emergency test date

2017-2018 Trainings

November 16, 2017
Welcome to the Utah Spring 2018 ACT State Testing Overview
Presentation

December 12, 2017
Preparing Students for the ACT Through Core Instruction
Presentation
YouTube 

January 10, 2018
Smooth Sailing on the ACT Administration Day
Presentation | YouTube

January 18, 2018
Welcome to the Utah Test Administration Training
Presentation | YouTube

February 15, 2018
ACT Administration Q&A
Presentation | YouTube

2018-2019 Online Test Administration

Feb. 20-22, 26-28, 2019
Testing window

Feb. 20-22, 26-28, 2019
Accommodated testing window

2012-2016 Profile Reports

Utah Graduating Class
This report provides information about the performance of graduating seniors who took the ACT as sophomores, juniors, or seniors; and self-reported at the time of testing that they were scheduled to graduate in the particular year.

Utah Juniors Only
This report provides information about the performance of student who took the ACT as part of the Utah statewide testing of Grade 11 students.

Resources

ACT Allowable Accessibility Supports: State and District Testing

ACT Home Schooled Students FAQ

ACT New Testing Administrator FAQ

ACT Online Testing FAQ

ACT Writing FAQ

Example English Learner (EL) Accommodations Plan

ACT Testing: Utah
This website is created and maintained by ACT for Utah regarding the statewide ACT test administration of Grade 11 students.

Shmoop: ACT Online Test Prep Tool
This webpage has information regarding the online ACT prep tool provided by Shmoop for students and educators. Every high school student, teacher, counselor, and administrator in Utah now has free, unlimited, and secure access to the Shmoop ACT Prep Tool.

Note
EXPLORE and PLAN have been discontinued by ACT. These assessments were administered to students in Grades 8 through 10. The last year of administration was 2015-2016. Copies of the yearly state reports that were provided from 2009 to 2016 are available upon request.

If you have any questions or need report copies, please contact Rebecca Peterson, College and Career Readiness Specialist at (801) 538-7694.

Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has contracted with Language Testing International (LTI) to provide the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) AAPPL assessment to schools participating in Utah’s USBE Dual Language Immersion program.

2017 Testing Window

October 17 - November 4, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Karl Bowman, World Languages and Dual Immersion Specialist at (801) 538-7743.

Civics

American Civics Education Initiative
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Technical Assistance on the Civics Test Requirements and Options for Students with Disabilities
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Austin, Education Specialist at (801) 538-7575.

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)

Dynamic Measurement Group, Inc.

DIBELS® Next Benchmark Goals and Composite Score

DIBELS Next® Benchmark Goals: A Statement from the DIBELS Authors

DIBELS Next®: DIBELS is an Assessment Used to Measure the Acquisition of Early Literacy Skills from Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

Resources

Assessment
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education Services

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Gross, Assessment Development Coordinator at (801) 538-7542.

Kindergarten

Utah’s Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (KEEP) is intended to inform various stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, and leadership, on the academic and social-emotional development of entering and exiting kindergarten students. The information gained from the profile will be used to:

  • Provide insights into current levels of academic and social-emotional performance upon entry and exit of kindergarten.
  • Identify students in need of early intervention instruction and promote differentiated instruction for all students.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of programs, such as extended-day kindergarten and preschool.
  • Provide opportunities for data-informed decision-making and cost-benefit analysis of early learning initiatives.
  • Identify effective instructional practices or strategies for improving student achievement outcomes in a targeted manner.
  • Understand the influence and impact of full-day kindergarten on at-risk students in both the short- and long-term.

Resources

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Gross, Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7542.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

Measure Up Newsletter

Assessment news for teachers.

2018 Winter

2017 The Nation's Report Card

Utah Public Schools for Mathematics:

Utah Public Schools for Reading:

Utah Public Schools for Science:

Resources

2019 NAEP Facts for Districts

2019 NAEP Facts for Principals:

NAEP Overview:

Institute of Education Sciences (IES):

Contact Us

Angela Battaglia
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7814 | E-mail

Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)

The RISE assessment is a multistage computer adaptive criterion referenced assessment system that includes summative tests for English Language Art (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Writing. The summative tests are scheduled to be delivered to the following grades.

Summative Test

ELA

Mathematics

Science

Writing

Grades

3-8

3-8

4-8

5 and 8

RISE Logo

Press Release

Utah Selects New Statewide School Testing Provider
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Public Relations

Resources

2019 Utah Assessments Updates

RISE Brochure

RISE Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Utah Aspire Plus

The Utah Aspire Plus is a hybrid of America College Test (ACT) Aspire and Utah Core test items. This is a computer delivered, fixed form high school assessment for students in grades 9 and 10. The test will include subtests for Reading, English, Math, and Science. The tests will provide students a predictive score for the ACT, which is taken by all Utah 11th grade students and is the most commonly submitted college readiness assessment for local universities.

Press Release

New Statewide Test Providers Selected for Utah Students
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Public Relations

Resources

2019 Utah Assessments Updates

Utah Aspire Plus Frequently Asked Questions 

Additional information related to Utah Aspire Plus, including student, parent, and teacher resources will be added to this page as they become available.

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) 

WIDA Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) 2.0

ACCESS 2.0 is Utah’s online summative assessment of English Language Learners (ELLs). It is developed and maintained by the WIDA Consortium, of which Utah is a member state.

This assessment is administered for a number of purposes:

  • to measure individual students’ progress in achieving proficiency in speaking, listening to, comprehending, reading, and writing academic English
  • to determine the success of language development programs in individual schools and school districts
  • to fulfill a requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001

2017-2018 School Year Dates

Information coming soon!

Resources

Language Codes

WIDA

WIDA Help Desk
(866) 276-7735 | E-mail

DRC Help Desk
(855) 787-9615 | E-mail

Assessment Management System (AMS)

DRC is WIDA’s scoring and materials handling contractor. All ACCESS testing materials are ordered through DRC, and all testing materials are subsequently returned to DRC for scoring.

Screeners

LEAs may use the screener of their choice to identify students for English learner services, as long as it assesses the four language modalities (reading, writing, speaking, listening). The following screener is available through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
W-APT is available to Utah LEAs through Utah’s membership in the WIDA consortium. There reporting categories align with ACCESS, as do administration materials and procedures.

W-APT Screener
Kindergarten
Grades 1-12
Not Fluent
1-28
1-4
Fluent
29-30
5-6

Contact Us

Ann-Michelle Neal
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7651 | E-mail

Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)

SAGE Portal

SAGE Results 2015
Understanding the SAGE Test Results

SAGE Testing and Data Reporting

Resources

2015 Parental Exclusion Report

SAGE Score Charts

SAGE Supported Operating Systems for the 2017-2018 School Year

Contracts

American Institutes of Research (AIR)

The Utah Board of Education (USBE) has a signed contract with AIR for the development, administration and reporting of the SAGE Assessment System. This contract includes multiple documents:

June 15, 2016

September 1, 2014

March 15, 2014

June 15, 2013

December 21, 2012

September 30, 2012

August 20, 2012

2016-2017 Technical Report

Executive Summary

Volume 1: Annual Technical Report

Volume 2: Test Development

Volume 3: Test Administration

Volume 4: Validity

Volume 5: Score Interpretation Guide

Volume 6: Standard Setting

Resources

2015-2016 Summative Parental Exclusion Report

2015 Validity of SAGE Test Score Interpretations

2014 Utah State Office of Education (USOE) State Longitudinal Data System

AIR Privacy Concerns: Letter to Superintendent

Resolutions:

  • 2013-02
    A Resolution Establishing the Official Position of the USBE Regarding the Establishment of Minimum Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELAs) Standards for the Instruction of Students in K-12 Public Education in the State of Utah.
  • 2013-03
    A Resolution Establishing the Official Position of the USBE Regarding the Establishment Regarding the Security and Sharing of Confidential Student and teacher Data in the State of Utah.

Technology Funding 2013: HB 2 Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Preliminary Disbursement Projections:

Technology Standards 2012:

English Language Arts (ELAs) and Literacy

The purpose of the ELA and Literacy SAGE is to measure student understanding of the Utah State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. This is only one measure of student understanding in a standardized manner. It should be interpreted accordingly.

The test is composed of a set of questions and writing prompts which require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of core concepts in several ways. The ELA and Literacy Core Curriculum consists of content area standards in Reading Informational and Literary Text, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language. Data available related to this test includes how the group of students performed in each of the subcategories of the curriculum (standards, Depth of Knowledge, etc.), student proficiency levels, and percent of students in each proficiency level.

The combination of this data may be used to evaluate and make program decisions for students within a grade level as a group or ELA programs at the school, LEA, and state level. The information may then be used as a piece of evidence in determining priorities for program and instructional emphasis and refinement.

Adaptive Testing Item Selection Criteria

Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs), Writing Samples, Blueprints and other resources are available upon request. Please contact the Assessment Department (801) 538-7600. 

SAGE Writing Rubric Criteria:

  • Argumentative Essay (Grades 6-11)
  • Informative-Explanatory Essay (Grades 3-5)
  • Informative-Explanatory Essay (Grades 6-11)
  • Opinion Essay (Grades 3-5)
  • Writing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Training:

USBE Elementary Language Arts  

Essay samples for grades 7-11 are available upon request.

Mathematics

The purpose of the Mathematics SAGE is to measure student understanding of the Utah Core Standards for Mathematics. Students take the Mathematics SAGE in grades 3-8 and the Secondary I, II, and III courses. The SAGE is only one measure of student understanding in a standardized manner. It should be interpreted accordingly.

The assessment is composed of a set of test items which require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of core concepts in a variety of ways. Data available related to this assessment include how the group of students performed in each of the subcategories of the curriculum (standards, Depth of Knowledge (DOK), etc.), student proficiency levels, and percent of students in each proficiency level. The combination of these data may be used to evaluate and make program decisions for students within a grade level, as a group or at the school, LEA, and state levels. The information may then be used as a piece of evidence in determining priorities for program and instructional emphasis and refinement.

Policy:

USBE Elementary Mathematics 

USBE Secondary Mathematics

Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs) are available upon request.

Utah SAGE Mathematics Blueprints are available upon request.

Science

The purpose of the Science SAGE is to measure student understanding of the Utah State Standards for Science. This is only one measure of student understanding in a standardized manner. It should be interpreted accordingly.

The test is composed of a set of questions and simulations which require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of core concepts in several ways. Data available related to this test include how the group of students performed in each of the subcategories of the curriculum (standards, DOk, etc.), student proficiency levels, and percent of students in each proficiency level.

The combination of these data may be used to evaluate and make program decisions for students within a grade level as a group or at the school, LEA, and state levels. The information may then be used as a piece of evidence in determining priorities for program and instructional emphasis and refinement.

Chemistry: Periodic Table of the Elements

Physics Reference Sheet

SAGE Science Calculator Policy

USBE Science

PLDs:

Utah SAGE Science Blueprints are available upon request.