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HEA: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) - FY 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 1 of 3: Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of GEAR-UP students.
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: 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 22
2007
   
35 23

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1875-0180 Annual Performance Reporting for the Gaining Early Awareness.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2005

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR-UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency, and to assess the extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
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. Data are pending and will be available December 2005.
 
Objective 2 of 3: Increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education of GEAR-UP students.
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 2: 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

Measure 2.1.2 of 2: 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

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1875-0180 Annual Performance Reporting for the Gaining Early Awareness.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2005

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR-UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency, and to assess the extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
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. In 2005 data was 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. The Department plans to discontinue this measure in 2006.
 
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 2.2.1 of 2: Percentage of GEAR UP students who have completed high school.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2008
 
70
2009
 
72
2010
 
73

Measure 2.2.2 of 2: Percentage of former GEAR UP students who are enrolled in college.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2008
 
60
2009
 
62
2010
 
65

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1875-0180 Annual Performance Reporting for the Gaining Early Awareness.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2008

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency, and to assess the extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
Explanation: Data will be collected in future years on GEAR-UP students' high school completion and postsecondary education enrollment.
 
Objective 3 of 3: Increase GEAR-UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Indicator 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.
 
Measure 3.1.1 of 2: 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
 
38

Measure 3.1.2 of 2: 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
   
64 47
2007
   
66 48

Source: Grantee Performance Report, 1875-0180 Annual Performance Reporting for the Gaining Early Awareness.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2005

Data Validated By: No Formal Verification.
GEAR-UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency, and to assess the extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
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 are pending and will be available December 2005.
 

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