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 449 SAGE schools enter renewable 5-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.
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.