Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) and Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Program

Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Program Strategy Resource Guide


NewAchievement Gap Reduction Program (AGR) Program Strategy Resource Guide is available to assist SAGE and AGR schools. The information provided is intended to connect schools with resources that may strengthen schools’ implementation of the AGR program.

This resource guide is not an endorsement of any products or services offered by any of the organizations mentioned. 

SAGE Program Overview

The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program was established in the 1996-97 school year to improve student achievement through the implementation of four specific school-improvement strategies (see below). Wisconsin's 325 SAGE schools are in the last years of five-year contracts designed to promote academic achievement through lower class sizes in the primary grades. Schools receive state aid up to $2,250 for each eligible low-income K-3 child.

With the enactment of 2015 Wisconsin Acts 53 and 71, the SAGE program is coming to a close and will be phased out by the end of the 2017-18 school year. These two acts created a new Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program under a new section of statutes. Only existing SAGE schools are eligible to participate in the new AGR program. 96 of Wisconsin's eligible SAGE schools have made the transition to the AGR program starting in the 2015-16 school year. For more details about the AGR program, please see the Achievement Gap Reduction Frequently Asked Questions page

SAGE Program Elements

SAGE promotes academic achievement through the implementation of four school improvement strategies:

  • class sizes of no more than 18:1 or 30:2 in grades K-1, and grades 2-3 at the district/school's choice;
  • increased collaboration between schools and their communities;
  • implementation of a rigorous curriculum; and
  • improved professional development and staff-evaluation practices.


For questions about this information, contact Sharon Suchla (608) 266-3983 or Michael Dennison (608) 266-2489