TRIO provides answers below to questions about the 2010-11 annual performance report format that came to our attention after the Office of Management and Budget approved the APR.
1. More and more regions are starting school before Labor Day. If a senior is served by a Talent Search project beginning the day school starts (e.g., August 15, 2011), he or she will not graduate or enroll until 2012 (in the subsequent budget period); thus for the 2010–11 budget period the student cannot be counted in the graduation and postsecondary enrollment objectives. This decreases a project's success rate for these objectives. How can a project avoid this?
Response: Talent Search projects are encouraged to follow the academic year, not the budget year, in determining when and how to count participants. Thus, ED recommends that a student first served in August 2011 as part of the 2011–12 academic year be reported as a new participant in 2011–12.
Response: No. This would be inconsistent with the wording of the objectives, and accordingly in the APR postsecondary students (III.A5) are not included in the denominator for objectives for postsecondary admission and financial aid.
Response: According to the wording of the objectives, yes, such a participant would count as an enrolled student in the APR.
Response: While joining the military is a service to the country, it does not constitute postsecondary education (unless, of course, a participant enrolls in a postsecondary military school, e.g., the U.S. Coast Guard Academy).
Response: Target schools are defined in the Talent Search program regulations as schools designated as foci of project services. The program regulations allow EOC projects to serve participants under the age of 19 under certain circumstances. If an EOC project is serving participants 18 or younger in target schools included in the approved application or approved separately by the program specialist, then the project should list those schools in Section II. Target schools do not include postsecondary institutions.