Assessments

Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/AAPPL
Language Testing International (LTI)

The Utah State Board of Education has contracted with LTI to provide the ACTFL/AAPPL assessment to schools participating in the Utah State Board of Education Dual Language Immersion program.

Testing Window is from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018

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

Acadience Reading

Formerly Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).

Acadience ReadingAcadience Reading Benchmark Goals and Composite Score 
Dynamic Measurement Group, Inc. (DMG)

Resources

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Assessment

R244-403: Benchmark Reading Assessments 
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Assessment Development Coordinator at (801) 538-7542.

American College Test (ACT)

2018-2019

Paper Testing Administration

February 20, 2019
Initial test date

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

March 12, 2019
Makeup test date

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

April 2, 2019
Emergency test date

April 2-5, 2019 | April 8, 2019
Accommodated emergency test date

Online Test Administration

February 20-22, 2019 | February 26-28, 2019
Testing window

February 20-22, 2019 | February 26-28, 2019
Accommodated testing window

Training's

Smooth Sailing on ACT Administration Day
YouTube

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

January 10, 2018
Smooth Sailing on the ACT Administration Day

October 30, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Preparing Students for the ACT Through Core Instruction
Utah State Board of Education Basement West or WebEx, MIDAS #41476

November 8, 2018
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
ACT Question and Answer Webinar, Information about webinar will be sent to ACT testing coordinators directly from ACT. Follow the webinar instructions that will be sent from ACT to join the webinar.

November 15, 2018
ACT Accommodations Question and Answer Webinar, Information about webinar will be sent to ACT testing coordinators directly from ACT. Follow the webinar instructions that will be sent from ACT to join the webinar.

December 13, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Utah State Board of Education/ACT Training, ACT Online Administration Workshop
Utah State Board of Education Basement West or WebEx, MIDAS #41476

January 17, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
ACT In-person Test Administration Training
Utah State Board of Education Basement West or WebEx

Resources

ACT 2017-2018 Allowable Accessibility Supports: State and District Testing

ACT Accommodations and Supports Frequently Asked Questions

ACT Connections: Utah Core State Standards and ACT Subtests

ACT New Testing Administrator Frequently Asked Questions

ACT Online Testing Frequently Asked Questions 

ACT Overview Frequently Asked Questions

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

ACT Writing Frequently Asked Questions

Home Schooled Students and the ACT Frequently Asked Questions

Olympus High School English Learner (EL) Accommodations Plan

Shmoop 

Have questions about Shmoop? Need help with your account? Want to set up customized training for your school or Local Education Agency (LEA)? Contact Stephanie Weiss at stephanie.weiss@shmoop.com, West Coast Accounts Manager.

Shmoop: ACT and Plan Test Prep Tool
This web page 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.

Shmoop ACT Prep for Utah

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Peterson at rebecca.peterson@schools.utah.gov, College and Career Readiness Specialist at (801) 538-7694.

Civics

American Civics Education Initiative
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Laws, State Rules and Regulations

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Austin at robert.austin@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist at (801) 538-7575.

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, and
  • understand the influence and impact of full-day kindergarten on at-risk students in both the short- and long-term.

Resources

KEEP Entry

Utah's KEEP: Student Materials
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

Utah's KEEP: Test Administration Manual
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

Utah KEEP Data Entry: Getting Started

KEEP Final Compilation | KEEP Training (June 22, 2018)
YouTube

KEEP Exit

Utah's KEEP: Student Materials
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

Utah's KEEP: Test Administration Manual
If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly. 

KEEP Exit Training 2019
YouTube

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7542.

Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten assessment coming soon. Further information regarding the assessment can be found in House Bill (H.B.) 380: Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Williams at liz.williams@schools.utah.gov, Education Specialist, at (801) 538-7542.

Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE)

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

Utah RISE Portal

Summative Test

ELA

Mathematics

Science

Writing

Grades

3-8

3-8

4-8

5 and 8

Press Release

Utah State Board of Education Public Relations: Utah Selects New Statewide School Testing Provider

Resources

2019 Utah Assessments Updates

RISE (Brochure)

RISE Testing Frequently Asked Questions

Training

Introducing RISE (Readiness, Improvement, Success, Empowerment)
YouTube

Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)

SAGE Portal

SAGE Results 2015

SAGE Testing and Data Reporting

Resources

2015-2016 SAGE Summative Tests Parental Exclusion Report

SAGE Score Charts

SAGE Supported Operating Systems for the 2017-2018 School Year

Contracts

American Institutes of Research (AIR)

The Utah State Board of Education 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

2017-2018 Technical Report

If you need this information in an accessible format, please contact the department directly.

Resources

Resolutions:

  • 2013-02
    A Resolution Establishing the Official Position of the Utah State Board of Education 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 Utah state Board of Education 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:

ELAs and Literacy

The purpose of the ELAs and Literacy SAGE is to measure student understanding of the Utah State Standards for ELAs 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 ELAs 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 (DOK), 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 ELAs 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)

Utah State Board of Education 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, 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:

Utah State Board of Education 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

Utah State Board of Education Science

PLDs:

Utah SAGE Science Blueprints are available upon request.

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.

Utah Aspire Plus Portal

Press Release

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

Resources

Utah Aspire Act Plus | Utah Aspire Act Plus (Spanish)
Note: If you need this information in an accessible format, contact the department directly.

2019 Utah Assessments Updates

Overview

Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Utah Aspire Plus Infographic 

Testing Times:

  • English tests: 9th grade and 10th grade, 50 Operational and 9-10 Field Test Items: 45 Minutes
  • Math tests: 9th grade and 10th grade, 40 Operational and 5 Field Test Items: 90 Minutes
  • Reading tests: 9th grade and 10th grade, 35 Operational and 10 Field Test Items: 90 Minutes
  • Science tests: 9th grade and 10th grade, 36 Operational and 4 Field Test Items: 60 Minutes

Tests cannot be divided into sections. Each test must be completed in one sitting (unless student has an IEP or 504 accommodation for stop-the-clock breaks or for securely extending the test over multiple days).

Please reference the website below to find more details about the test blueprints.

Additional Reporting Resources
Pearson Education, Utah Aspire Plus

Training

June 2018 Pearson Presentation
YouTube

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) 

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

Utah is a member state of the WIDA Consortium. WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.

Utah uses Kindergarten WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) and WIDA Screener Online (Grades 1-12) to identify English Learners (ELs). ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) 2.0 is given to all EL students during the annual testing window to measure proficiency and growth toward academic language proficiency in English.

All who administer WIDA assessments must be certified. To become certified to administer and score Utah WIDA assessments, test administrators must annually complete the WIDA online training course for the appropriate assessment and grade span and score 80% or higher on the end-of-module quiz.

ACCESS 2.0 Testing Requirements

ACCESS 2.0 is Utah’s online summative assessment of EL students. It is developed and maintained by WIDA.

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, and
  • to fulfill federal requirements of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

All EL students must be tested annually using the ACCESS 2.0 assessment. When students earn a Proficiency Level of 5.0 or higher, they are considered fluent in English. Students are then re-designated to monitoring status for four years. Students are not required to take the ACCESS 2.0 assessment during these four years of monitoring. The Local Education Agency (LEA) may use appropriate data, evaluation, and team-based problem solving to consider reclassifying the student as EL if, while in monitoring status, the student demonstrates consistent and continued need for increased language support services.

For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Summative Assessment. ACCESS 2.0 Paper is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students).

Students with significant cognitive disabilities who take Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)/Utah Alternate Assessment (UAA), Utah State Board of Education Special Education Assessment, are eligible for WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

Students in Kindergarten are administered WIDA Kindergarten ACCESS for ELLs.

Screener Testing Requirements

LEAs are required to administer a WIDA Screener to newly enrolled students who indicate on the home language survey that they speak any language other than English. Screener is available to LEAs all year; however, federal law requires that students must be administered Screener within 30 days of enrollment within the first month of school, and within 10 days of enrollment thereafter. Screener should only be administered once during a student’s enrollment in Utah schools.

Students are eligible for EL services if they earn a score of 1-4 on Screener for grades 1-12, or a score of 1-29 on W-APT for Kindergarten students.

For students in grades 1 through 12, LEAs are required to give WIDA Screener Online. WIDA Screener Paper is allowable for students with specific needs (e.g. students with disabilities; recently arrived English Learners, such as immigrant and refugee students). Both Screener online and Screener Paper are provided by Utah State Board of Education at no cost to LEAs.

Students in Kindergarten are given the W-APT

WIDA Measure of Developing English Language (MODEL) is also an acceptable tool for screening for grades K-12 that can be purchased by the LEA.

2018-2019 Dates

ACCESS Testing Window: January 7 through March 8

Professional Development and Training: Information coming soon.

Resources

ACCESS Native Language Codes 

WIDA Assessment Management System (AMS) 
Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)

WIDA:

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.

To request WIDA or DRC Accounts

WIDA Permissions:

  • Test Administrators should contact LEA Test Coordinator for permissions.

WIDA DRC/AMS Permissions:

  • Test Administrators should contact LEA Test Coordinator for permissions.

District Testing Coordinator Permissions:

  • LEA Assessment Directors, Testing Coordinators, and Alternate Language Services (ALS) Directors should contact the above state assessment contacts for WIDA and WIDA AMS accounts and permissions.

Contact Us

Ann-Michelle Neal
Utah State Board of Education WIDA Assessment Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7651 | E-mail

Megan Lopez
Utah State Board of Education WIDA Testing Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7723 | E-mail

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

DRC/AMS Help Desk
(855) 787-9615 | E-mail