Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
October 13, 2003
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

The Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Juan José López at 6:29 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Juan José López, Ruth Robarts (arrived 6:40 p.m.)


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Shwaw Vang

STAFF PRESENT: Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Kurt Kiefer, Tim Potter, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Ken Syke, Barbara Lehman Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Clingan and seconded by Juan José López to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated October 13, 2003 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Class Size

(Packets included history of SAGE and Local Class Size Reduction, an article on current research on Class Size, and the MMSD SAGE Evaluation Report. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Jane Belmore distributed copies of the presentation (a copy is attached to the original of these minutes). She confirmed, in response to an inquiry, that the district is looking to add Gompers to the program.

Ruth Robarts arrived at 6:40 p.m.

Tim Potter gave the presentation highlighting facts about class size reduction in the MMSD, what research shows about small class size, number of sections as of 1/26/04, cost and funding for class size reduction, and total allocations needed to reduce class size. He also presented information on the SAGE Program Evaluation-study design, impact on student achievement by various subgroups, average change in Text Reading Level, effect size, effect size gain, effect of the SAGE block and full day designs on student achievement, impact of the various control variables on students' Grade 2 Text Reading Level score, how much SAGE students gain compared to non-SAGE students, and a summary.

Discussion: Confirmed that 6 percent of the district's low-income students are not in a SAGE program. Hypothesis--concentrations of poverty are significant enough to affect this also. SAGE block design is as effective and costs less. Last year's information on increments for increasing class size will impact class size at the 4th and 5th grade levels if anything is changed. Information is also on the web site. Cost in FTEs and dollars is included in the elementary report and will be updated as part of the budget. Adding Gompers Elementary will add about $150,000. With the other three schools added, totals about $1 million. Ethnic breakdown for Hispanic students included in the SAGE report-not a statistically significant gain. Program is and has a long track record of very impressive success.

FOLLOW UP: Provide the breakout data for Allied Drive area students attending the four elementary schools. Work on a press release regarding the success of the program.

5. Instructional Departments-Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Educational Services, and Teaching and Learning-as they relate to the Budget

(Deferred to a later date.)

6. Other Business

No discussion.

7. Adjournment

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Bill Clingan to adjourn the meeting at 6:56 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.