Utah's new adaptive testing system draws praise, criticism

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Utah students are getting their first taste of a new year-end testing system that swaps paper for computer screens and adapts to the skill level of an individual child.

The computer adaptive assessment, commonly known as SAGE, has been championed by educators as a 21st century testing system that provides timely and precise results for use in classroom planning.

But SAGE has been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core State Standards, resulting in an uptick in the number of families pulling their children from year-end assessments and giving new life to an old debate about the merits of standardized testing.

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