- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah lawmaker is asking that year-end standardized tests not affect teacher evaluations.

KSL-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1SbC6OV ) that Cottonwood Heights Democrat Rep. Marie Poulson on Friday made a proposal to the Utah State Board of Education asking that the SAGE tests be taken out of the equation.

SAGE is a state-mandated exam given to students in third through 11th grades. It measures their proficiency in language arts, math and science. As SAGE has no bearing on students’ grades, Poulson says some students don’t put much effort in them, potentially skewing data and damaging teacher’s reputations.

Currently improvements on SAGE account for 20 percent of teacher evaluation for some teachers. Poulson’s proposal would eliminate the use of student achievement data in those evaluations.

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Information from: KSL-TV, https://www.ksl.com/

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