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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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