SAGE

Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (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 approximately 475 SAGE schools enter renewable 5-year contracts designed to promote academic achievement through lower class sizes in the primary grades. Schools receive state aid equal to $2,250 for each low-income K-3 child.

Program Elements

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

• class sizes of no more than 18:1 in grades K-3;
• increased collaboration between schools and their communities;
• implementation of a rigorous curriculum; and
• improved professional development and staff-evaluation practices.