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Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) - 2003

CFDA Numbers: 84.334 - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs
84.334A - GEAR-UP Partnership Grants
84.334S - GEAR-UP State Grants


Goal 8: To significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Objective 8.1 of 3: Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating students.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Completion of academically challenging curricula: Percentage of GEAR UP students who passed prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade and Algebra 1 by the end of the 9th grade.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of GEAR UP students who passed prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade and the percentage of GEAR UP students who passed Algebra 1 by the end of the 9th grade.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Prealgebra         Prealgebra Algebra 1
2001 18      
2002 18      
2003     19 19
2004     20 20
2007     35 70


Explanation: Historical performance data through 2002 show the percentages of GEAR UP students who passed prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade. Target data beginning in 2003 continue to reflect the percentage of GEAR UP students who pass prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade, and the Algebra 1 standard will now be measured via GEAR UP student passage rates by the end of the 9th grade. Data will continue to be collected on successful completion of core academic subjects and other college preparatory courses. Note that standards to enter and complete above grade level math courses (such as prealgebra and Algebra I for 7th graders) are becoming more rigorous. This practice may limit the percentage of students in many schools served by GEAR UP who are entering and completing such courses. Also Note that data for Year 2001 were obtained from the GEAR UP Annual Performance Report covering April 2000 - March 2001. Data for Year 2002 were obtained from the GEAR UP Annual Performance Report covering April 2001 - March 2002.  
Additional Source Information: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency; and to assess extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.

 

Objective 8.2 of 3: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of participating students.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Attendance and promotion: Program participants will have high rates of attendance in school and be promoted to the next grade level on time.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentages of participating 7th graders with fewer than five unexcused absences in the first two quarters of the academic year.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Attendance Attendance
2001 83  
2002 88  
2003   89
2004   90
2007   92

Percentages of participating 7th graders promoted to the next grade level.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Promotion Promotion
2001 98  
2002 97  
2003   97
2004   97
2007   98


Explanation: Data reflect the percentages of participating 7th graders with fewer than 5 unexcused absences in the first 2 quarters of the academic year and those promoted to the next grade level. Data will continue to be collected on school attendance and grade level promotions, and in future years on high school completion and postsecondary education enrollment. Note that standards for promotion have become more rigorous in many school districts and states that have GEAR UP programs.  
Additional Source Information: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency; and to assess extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.

 

Objective 8.3 of 3: Increase educational expectation for participating students and students and family knowledge and postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 1: Knowledge of postsecondary education: Program participants and their families reporting having knowledge of available financial aid and necessary academic preparation for college.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of parents of program participants that have knowledge of available financial aid.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Parents: Aid Parents: Aid
2001 24  
2002 31  
2003   32
2004   33
2007   45

Percentage of program participants and their families that have knowledge of necessary academic preparation for college.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
  Students: Prep Parents: Prep Students: Prep Parents: Prep
2001 50 31    
2002 53 39    
2003     54 40
2004     56 42
2007     75 50


Explanation: Data reflect the percentages of GEAR UP students and their parents who have talked to school counselors, advisors, or someone else about academic preparation for college and college entrance requirements; as well as the percentages of GEAR UP students' parents who have talked to school counselors, advisors, or someone else about availability of financial assistance. Data will continue to be collected on students and parents' knowledge of postsecondary education entrance requirements, costs of attendance, and financial aid opportunities.  
Additional Source Information: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: December 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency; and to assess extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.

 

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