One of Wisconsin’s greatest strengths is the growing diversity of communities, schools, and workplaces. Diversity makes businesses more innovative and competitive, and a more diverse workforce leads to economic growth, opportunities, and progress.
For Wisconsin to be innovative in the 21st century, and for communities to remain strong, all students must graduate college and career ready. As Wisconsin’s student population becomes increasingly diverse, the persistence of racial disparities in the educational system poses real challenges to opportunity and economic progress.
These gaps are persistent — but not insurmountable.
Recognizing that the education of our students of color requires swift, targeted, and deliberate attention, State Superintendent Tony Evers convened a task force which launched the Promoting Excellence for All website.
Promoting Excellence for All provides information and strategies successfully used by Wisconsin educators to raise achievement of students of color, closing the gap between them and their peers. These schools represent all grade levels, urban, rural, and suburban settings.
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. This resource guide is not an endorsement of any products or services offered by any of the organizations mentioned.
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Sim, Grant; Steele, Clarissa; Vadas, Jenn. "Year 8 SAGE Program Evaluation Final Report." September 2013.
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Smith, Phil; Alex Molnar; and John Zahorik. "Class-Size Reduction in Wisconsin: A Fresh Look at the Data." Educational Leadership. September 2003
Zahorik, John; Anke Halbach; Karen Ehrle; and Alex Molnar. "Teaching Practices for Smaller Classes." Educational Leadership. September 2003
Zahorik, John; Alex Molnar; and Phil Smith. "SAGE Advice: Research on Teaching in Reduced-Size Classes." January 2003.