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Strategies that Close Achievement Gaps and AGR Resource Guide


Strategies that Close Achievement Gaps

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.

Stay informed by subscribing to our e-mail newsletter or receiving updates in other means, and please consider spreading the word.

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

SAGE Program Evaluation Reports, SAGE Research, and SAGE Writing

Value-Added Research Center SAGE Program Evaluation Reports, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dokumaci, Emin; Sim, Grant; Steele, Clarissa; Suchor, Katerina; Vadas, Jenn. "SAGE Program Evaluation Final Report." August 2015.

Dokumaci, Emin; Sim, Grant; Vadas, Jenn. "2013-2014 SAGE Program Evaluation Final Report." June 2014.

Sim, Grant; Steele, Clarissa; Vadas, Jenn. "Year 8 SAGE Program Evaluation Final Report." September 2013.

Jones, Curtis. "Evaluation of the 2010-2011 SAGE Initiative: An analysis of MAP achievement growth." August 2012.

Jones, Curtis; Bolt, Dan; Pyatigorsky, Mikhail. "Year 6 SAGE Evaluation Final Report: A Follow-up Analysis of SAGE Cohorts in Madison, and a Preliminary Study of SAGE across the State of Wisconsin." June 2011.

Value-Added Research Center, Wisconsin Center for Education Research. "SAGE Program Evaluation." Madison: WCER, 2006.

Wisconsin Center for Education Research. "Participation in the Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) Program and Performance on State Assessments at Grade 3 and Grade 4 for Three Cohorts of Students: Grade 1 Students in 1996-97, 1997-98, and 1998-99." Madison: WCER, February 2004.

SAGE Related Research and Writing - Links to reports summarized in the following Educational Leadership articles

Smith, Phil; Alex Molnar; and John Zahorik. "Class-Size Reduction: A Fresh Look at the Data." Educational Leadership. September 2003

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.

Other SAGE Related Publications and Writing - 2004

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