Are SAGE tests valid? Watch Dr. Gary Thompson present the case why these behavioral tests are bad for our children.
Then watch this 15-minute video on data collection, but don’t watch it right before bed as it’s been known to cause insomnia.
Opt your children out of SAGE tests by copy/pasting this text to your computer and printing out for each of your children after you edit it to include your child’s name and any other tests you wish to opt out of in the space provided. Then deliver it to your school principal(s).
To whom it may concern:
In accordance with Utah law and (see SB 204, 2015 session), I am opting my child, [child’s name], out of all computer adaptive tests including SAGE formative, practice, interim, and summative tests (you may add DIBELS and other tests you wish to opt out of here). Per state law this may not impact my child’s grades, nor affect the teacher or school grade in any way. No punitive measures may be taken against my child, nor may other students be rewarded for taking the test while my child does not receive such rewards. Please place a copy of this notice in my child’s file and ensure his/her teachers are notified that he/she is not to participate in any of these exams.
Name and Date
Dual Enrollment – This post discusses dual-enrollment where you can pull your child out of school and homeschool one or more subjects while having your child in school for the other classes.
Great news (9/19/15), the USOE has just released their opt out form which includes all statewide tests which you can opt your children out of. The form will be on their website in November supposedly. No idea why the delay if the form is available now.