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

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Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Five-Year Achievement Gap Reduction Contract Application—2018-19 to 2022-23 application period is open. Due June 29, 2018

  • Example AGR Contract - Schools eligible to participate in the AGR program were sent an email on how to apply for an AGR five-year contract. If your school or district did not receive this email, please contact Brielle Harwick or Sharon Suchla using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
  • Achievement 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.

AGR and SAGE Entitlement and AGR Strategies Report — due Friday, September 29, 2017. (Report opens for AGR and SAGE schools on Friday, September 15, 2017.)

AGR Performance Objectives and School Board Reporting Template — due to the school board upon the conclusion of each semester during the regular school year.

  • AGR Performance Objectives and School Board Reporting Template - AGR schools are required to report to the school board at the end of each semester on the school's success in attaining the performance objectives established in the AGR contract and which AGR strategies the school implemented. These reports are not submitted to DPI. AGR schools may make changes to the performance objectives in the five-year AGR contract at any time but are not required to submit those changes to DPI. Schools may use this template to track and edit the performance objectives.
  • The AGR Audit Manual states that districts must be able to produce documentation 1) that the school board has provided a description of the performance objectives for academic achievement and the formative and summative assessments that will be used to evaluate success in attaining those objectives and 2) that the school board reviewed the progress made on growth objectives at the end of each semester during the fiscal year. Consider this when determining how your district reports this information to the school board.
     
  • Requirements for the school board report at the end of every semester:
    • School board reports do not need to be submitted to DPI.
    • Schools must keep a record that the school board has been provided with a description of the performance objectives for academic achievement, the formative and summative assessments that will be used to evaluate the success in attaining those objectives, and that the school board has reviewed the progress made on growth objectives at the end of each semester.
    • The district and school board must determine whether the report needs to be included as an agenda item at a school board meeting according to district policy. The report can be submitted in regular reports/updates to the school board, in formal reports to the school board, or in other appropriate formats determined by the district.
    • There are no set deadlines for the end-of-semester report to the school board. Schools should report out in a timely fashion following the conclusion of each semester during the regular school year.
    • Schools operating on a trimester schedule must determine an appropriate time to deliver reports to the school board that works with the school and district calendar.

 

    Important 2017-18 Dates

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    2017-18 AGR and SAGE Aid

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    ​For the 2017-18 school year, the AGR and SAGE approximate allocation is $2,381.26 per low-income pupil.

    A list of participating schools and their aid allocation for the 2017-18 school year is available below:

     

    2015 Wisconsin Acts 53 and 71

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    On July 1, 2015, Governor Walker​ signed 2015 Wisconsin Act 53 into law. On November 11, 2015, 2015 Wisconsin Act 71 amended the law. Acts 53 and 71, Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE)/Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) law, s.118.43 and s.118.44, Wis. Stats., prohibits the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from renewing five-year SAGE contracts that expired on June 30, 2015, or any year thereafter. However, the law provides DPI the authority to issue a one-year extension under the existing terms on SAGE contracts which expired on June 30, 2015. SAGE schools with contracts that extend beyond the 2015-16 school year may participate in the SAGE program until the end of the existing contract. Act 53 also allows all current SAGE schools to opt into the new AGR program as early as the 2015-16 school year.

    Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE)

    • Continue SAGE up to the end of your current SAGE contract.
      • NOTE: SAGE schools with contracts that expired in June 2015 were able to continue SAGE through the end of the 2015‑16 school year with a one-year contract extension based on the recently submitted application. This extension of SAGE contracts does not apply to future expiration dates. Schools with SAGE contracts extending beyond the 2015-16 school year may choose to remain in the SAGE program until the current SAGE contract with that school expires.
    • Maintain current SAGE rules including class size ratios of 18:1 or 30:2 in kindergarten through grade 3
    • Plan for the transition to the AGR program
    • Annually report to DPI:
      • class size and low-income student counts
      • end-of-year and financial report

    Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR)

    • Complete a five-year AGR contract application
    • Plan which AGR strategy/strategies your school will implement to achieve compliance with the new program:
      • one-to-one tutoring provided by a licensed teacher
      • instructional coaching for teachers provided by a licensed teacher
      • maintaining 18:1 or 30:2 classroom ratios and providing professional development on small group instruction
    • Annually report to DPI:
      • class size and low-income student counts
      • description of strategies that the school board plans to implement
      • description of the strategies that the school board did implement
      • end-of-year and financial report
    • Report to the school board at the end of every semester:
      • implementation of required strategies
      • performance objectives
      • progress in closing the achievement gap

     

    State Guidance on the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) and Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) programs

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    SAGE Law - s.118.43, Wisconsin Statutes

    SAGE Law Amendment (2011 Wisconsin Act 113) – s.118.43, Wisconsin Statutes

    AGR Law - s.118.44, Wisconsin Statutes

    AGR and SAGE Administrative Rules (Chapter PI 24)

    DPI School Financial Services Team - Wisconsin Public School District Audit Manuals

     

    For questions about this information, contact Brielle Harwick (608) 267-7462, Sharon Suchla (608) 266-3983