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HEA: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) - FY 2006


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: The 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: The 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
37.95 51.69
25 50
2006
   
30 25

Source: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency and to assess 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.
 
Objective 2 of 3: Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education of GEAR UP students.
Indicator 2.1 of 1: High school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education: GEAR UP students will have high rates of high school graduation and postsecondary education enrollment.
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 2: The percentage of GEAR UP students who graduated from high school.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2007
 
73
2008
 
73.50
2009
 
74
2010
 
74.50

Measure 2.1.2 of 2: The percentage of former GEAR UP students who are enrolled in college.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2007
 
65
2008
 
65.50
2009
 
66
2010
 
66.50

Source: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2008
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency and to assess extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
Explanation: Long-term targets were developed using data from NCES to close the gap between low-income students and their peers in high school completion and college enrollment. Once baseline data become available, targets may need to be adjusted to reflect differences between GEAR UP students and other low-income students.
 
Objective 3 of 3: Increase GEAR UP students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
Indicator 3.1 of 2: Knowledge of postsecondary education: GEAR UP students and their families who report having knowledge of available financial aid and necessary academic preparation for college.
 
Measure 3.1.1 of 2: The percentage of parents of GEAR UP students who 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
34
35
2006
 
37

Measure 3.1.2 of 2: The percentage of GEAR UP students and their families who 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
63 49
61 46
2006
   
64 47
2007
   
75  

Source: Annual program performance reports and program evaluation study.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: June 2006
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency and to assess 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 will continue to be collected on students' and parents' knowledge of postsecondary education entrance requirements, costs of attendance, and financial aid opportunities.
 
Indicator 3.2 of 2: Effciency measure: Cost per successful outcome
 
Measure 3.2.1 of 1: The average cost (federal funds) per GEAR UP student who immediately enrolls in college after high school graduation.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2008
 
999

Source: Annual program performance reports, program evaluation study, and Grants Administration and Payment System (GAPS)

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2008
GEAR UP staff review performance report data for quality, clarity, and consistency and to assess extent to which project objectives are being accomplished.
 
Explanation: In SY 2007-2008, the program will begin to collect data on college enrollment rates. The FY 2008 target is to establish a baseline.
 


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Last Modified: 01/20/2006