SAGE: Utah’s new end-of-year test

This year marks the transition away from the longstanding Criterion Reference Tests (CRTs) to a new rigorous exam presented in a technologically advanced fashion.

The Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) is an online adaptive test that was custom-built to measure students’ understanding of Utah’s Core Standards in English language arts, mathematics, and science.

Unlike previous standardized tests full of multiple-choice questions, SAGE requires students to apply their knowledge through writing, graphing, and conducting science experiments on the computer.

Here are some important things to know before testing begins:

  • Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade will take SAGE tests.
  • As stated previously, SAGE replaces the CRTs.
  • Parents and guardians can view/access training tests by visiting


Parents and students may sign in by identifying themselves as “GUEST” and selecting the subject and grade level they wish to preview.


NOTE: The questions in the preview test are samples and will not be included in the actual test.

For assistance logging in or using the training tests, call the Student Assessment Department at (385) 646-4559, or email Rob Averett ( or Karen Tohinaka (

For more information about SAGE policies and practices, please visit Granite School District’s SAGE blog.



  1. Christi Howard says

    I am against Utah’s adoption of the Common Core. I am strongly opposed to the computer adaptive testing and having these tests stored and archived and that anyone can have access to information, personal or scholastic, without my knowledge or permission. I am currently looking into how to opt out of the tests and I will not allow my students to participate in these tests. I am very concerned with this legislation and how the Federal Government is intruding on our local control of education. This cannot be allowed.

    • Granite Schools says

      You appear to be responding to misinformation. No one has access to your child’s personal or academic information outside of the district and state. Information sent to the federal government does not include personal information, but aggregate information. This would be a violation of FERPA/federal law. Additionally, only district and state officials have access to SAGE information.

  2. Tina Rasmussen says

    While this is new & different, it is also exciting. We’ve got to get into the 21st Century…It’s time to get away from the “#2 pencil and filling in the bubbles” days.

  3. Hollie Layton says

    This kind of testing is only going to make it harder on the teachers and students. Dont be shocked when the results backfire and blow up in all of the district or state wide educational directors faces.

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