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HEA: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) - 2005

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


Program Goal: 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 GEAR UP 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 Algebra 1
Prealgebra Algebra 1
2001
18  
   
2002
18  
   
2003
22 30
19 19
2004
29 21
20 20
2005
   
25 50
2006
   
30 60
2007
   
35 70


Explanation: Historical performance data through 2002 show the percentages of GEAR UP students who were enrolled in prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade. Data for 2003 reflect the percentage of GEAR UP students who were enrolled in prealgebra by the end of the 7th grade and in Algebra 1 by the end of the 9th grade. Data beginning in 2004 are collected on successful completion of core academic subjects and other college preparatory courses. 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. Data for each year were obtained from the GEAR UP annual performance reports. For example: data for year 2004 were obtained from the GEAR UP Annual Performance Report covering April 2003 - March 2004.  
Additional Source Information: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: December 2005
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 GEAR UP students.
Indicator 8.2.1 of 2: Attendance and promotion: GEAR UP students 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
Percentage of GEAR UP 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
87
89
2004
83
90
2005
 
90
2006
 
91
2007
 
92

Percentage of GEAR UP 7th graders promoted to the next grade level.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Promotion
Promotion
2001
98
 
2002
97
 
2003
98
97
2004
91
97
2005
 
97
2006
 
98
2007
 
98


Explanation: Data reflect the percentages of GEAR UP 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. 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: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: December 2005
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.

 
Indicator 8.2.2 of 2: High school graduation and participation in postsecondary education: GEAR UP students will have high rates of high school graduation and postsecondary education enrollment.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of GEAR UP students who have completed high school.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2008
 
70
2009
 
72
2010
 
73

Percentage of former GEAR UP students who are enrolled in college.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2008
 
60
2009
 
62
2010
 
65


Explanation: Data will be collected in future years on GEAR UP students' high school completion and postsecondary education enrollment. The long-term goal for the percentage of GEAR UP students who have completed high school is 73 in 2010, and the long term goal for the percentage of former GEAR-UP students who are enrolled in college is 65 in 2010.  
Additional Source Information: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Collection Period: 2007 - 2008
Data Available: December 2008
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 GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 1: Knowledge of postsecondary education: GEAR UP students 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 GEAR UP students that have knowledge of available financial aid.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Parents: Aid
Parents: Aid
2001
24
 
2002
31
 
2003
35
32
2004
34
33
2005
 
35
2006
 
37
2007
 
40

Percentage of GEAR UP students 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
57 43
54 40
2004
62 42
56 42
2005
   
61 46
2006
   
66 48
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: 2004 - 2005
Data Available: December 2005
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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