Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/13/2020 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 4. Report with Possible Action on the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Program
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
Attachments: AGR End of Year Presentation
File Attachment:
AGR End of Year August.pdf
Background: On July 30, 2020, the following item was presented to the Board for consideration and possible action at its Regular monthly meeting. The Board directed that the item, instead, be sent to the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation.

The Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program began in the 1996-1997 school year and was subsequently expanded in 1998-1999 and 2000-2001 due to the successes demonstrated by those schools that had begun the program in 1996. Wisconsin Statutes, Section 118.43, authorized the program, which was administered by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

State legislation was passed in 2015 that concluded the SAGE program and authorized the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program (Wisconsin Acts 53 and 71). School districts were given the option to continue SAGE for an additional year (2015-16). Effective FY17, all schools transitioned to the Achievement Gap Reduction program.

MPS has 63 traditional schools and one non-instrumentality charter school that currently participate in the AGR program.

Milwaukee Public Schools leverages the following strategies when implementing AGR:

*Instructional coaching for teachers provided by a licensed teacher in grades K5 through 3rd; and,
*Maintenance of 18:1 or 30:2 classroom ratios in K5 and provision of professional development in small group instruction.

The Department of Public Instruction requires schools participating in the AGR program to describe its implementation of the program and report its objectives and success in achieving them to the school board every semester.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent