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Education Corner: Elementary students are musicians; SAGE testing

edcornerEducation is a community effort. Our teachers and staff in our community schools work very hard to provide education to our children. Parents work hard at home to make sure their students are completing their homework and getting the support they need to become the best learners possible. Volunteers are always needed in our schools. Please contact one of the schools in our community to see how you can be an active part of the school’s efforts. Visit fairparkcommunity.org for contact information.

Jackson Elementary School News and Events

Jackson Elementary has served the children of our community since 1892. Originally a one-room school house the school, now located at 750 West 200 North, is a full-service elementary school serving 550 students, pre-school through sixth grade.jackson

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of Jackson is that every child becomes a musician, according to information at the Salt Lake District website. Every child who attends Jackson becomes a musician. Through a structured, sequential music program from kindergarten through sixth grade, every student, starting in third grade, learns to play the violin, learns to read music, and enjoys many opportunities to perform.

The school publishes the Jackson Journal every month with news and events about the school community, inlcuding Teacher of the month. The following is an excerpt from the publication. More information can be found at the school’s website at http://jackson.slcschools.org.


The long awaited Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) test results are in – a measure of how Utah students in public schools fared in English Language Arts, Math and Science.

The SAGE assessment system is a computer adaptive assessment system aligned to the state’s core standards. This comprehensive testing system includes summative, interim, and formative components.”

The scores indicate that Utah students are well below grade level proficiency. Keep in mind, however, that this was the first round of testing under the new system and that there were many logistical and technological challenges in administering and taking the test, which may have influenced student responses.

The following links provide statewide information as well as information on how schools in the Fairpark community fared:

All students in Utah: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/SAGE?schoolYear=2014

Backman Elementary School: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/SAGE?schoolYear=2014&leaNum=36&schNum=104

Jackson Elementary School: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/SAGE?schoolYear=2014&leaNum=36&schNum=188

Northwest Middle School: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/SAGE?schoolYear=2014&leaNum=36&schNum=440

West High School: https://datagateway.schools.utah.gov/SAGE?schoolYear=2014&leaNum=36&schNum=716

Utah State Office of Education: http://www.schools.utah.gov/sage/Results.aspx

Salt Lake Tribune article: http://www.sltrib.com/news/1743116-155/percent-students-scores-utah-science-sage

SAGE portal: http://sageportal.org/ – information for stakeholders on SAGE, including resources.

Please send questions and items for submission to education@fairparkcommunity.org

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