GEAR UP partner services

  • ACT:

    ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally. GEAR UP has provided a unique opportunity for ACT to pilot new strategies in conjunction with the EXPLORE and DISCOVER student support programs. With on-site pre-and post training for school administrators, faculty, and GEAR UP site contacts, personnel are able to model and evaluate these tools and activities for interpretation to families and students.
  • ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION (AVID) is a college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary school that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. AVID is offered as academic elective, holding students to the highest standards, and providing academic and social support for their success. With a focus on student achievement, collaborating at the school site was a natural evolution for AVID and State GEAR UP to provide staff development and support programs for teachers, counselors and site teams.
  • TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION SERVICE (TES) combines innovative technology with a school capacity-building program to increase the number of students who are academically prepared for college after high school. TES evaluates student transcripts in 9th-12th grades to identify their progress in completing A-G courses and in meeting UC/CSU eligibly requirements. The project is administered by the Education Partnerships department at the University of California Office of the President and the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) in partnership with high schools and other programs across California.
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    ScholarShare is California's official 529 College Savings Plan.  529 plans are tax advantaged savings vehicles named for the section of Internal Revenue Code under which they were created.  Scholarshare is the investment partner for the California GEAR UP Education Trust Awards (ETA). Award recipients are selected by school personnel at California GEAR UP middle schools.  The awards are available to students within one year of high school graduation and upon college enrollment.


  • INTERSEGMENTAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (ICC) has responsibility for fostering collaboration within California's educational community at all levels through conducting activities and supporting strategies that link the public schools, community colleges, and baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities. Developed through the ICC, is the common electronic portal to California higher education and contains admissions, financial aid, and career information for students, families, and educators. The College: Making It Happen for Middle School Educators series brings to administrators the information, resources and materials needed to become active participants in preparing students for college. Another successful collaboration, the College Access Informational Continuum links the Early Commitment to College Pledge through with the Transcript Evaluation Service – to create a comprehensive set of tools to inform students and their families about progress in preparation for college at grade-appropriate intervals.
  • MATHEMATICS DIAGNOSTIC TESTING PROJECT (MDTP) is an Intersegmental statewide project that develops, distributes, scores, and reports the results of tests that measure student readiness for mathematics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. Based at UC Sand Diego, the project helps California's teachers better prepare students for further study in mathematics, identifies topics and skills needed for success in mathematics, and brings secondary, college, and university faculty together for cooperative discussions. 

    For a contact list of the MDTP personnel near you, go here.

    MDTP videos were produced to document how MDTP tests are used formatively in classrooms, departments, and schools through interviews with teachers, students, and administrators in their classrooms and offices. MDTP hopes these videos stimulate ideas among mathematics teachers and administrators about the role of formative assessment in their classrooms and schools. View the videos here. Shifting Pedagogy and Focus, Sharing Student's Strengths & Weaknesses, Placing Students for Success.

    State GEAR UP Educational Trust Awards are administered in collaboration with the California Student Aid Commission through Scholarshare, the State's College Savings Plan. These $2,000 individual trust accounts help those most in need of assistance for college and encourage students to achieve at a high academic level. This project also gives us the opportunity to dialogue with middle school students and families about college preparation and financial aid. Contact number for the Student Aid Commission regarding student awards,

    (916) 526-7965.

  • COLLEGE BOARD seeks to ensure that every student in the United States has access to a high-quality education and is prepared to succeed in college. College Board Pre-AP workshops are offered at GEAR UP schools to equip teachers with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active, high level learning, thereby ensuring that students develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts needed to succeed in college. College Board will also provide support to GEAR UP schools and districts through the Spring Board Pre-AP Program, in English language arts and mathematics for grades six – 12. College Board programming is based on the belief that every student deserves access to rigorous coursework that leads to success in AP and college.
  • CALIFORNIA CAPITAL Financial Development Corporation provides capital and development assistance to increase economic opportunities for underserved communities and persons by offering a wide range of flexible financial products and services. Through collaboration and creativity, CalCap provides effective solutions in a changing economic environment. Since 2002, the corporation has delivered a comprehensive financial literacy education program, designed to address the financial education and planning needs of youth and adults. In partnership with California GEAR UP, financial literacy education will be piloted at selected schools.

    Renowned for their research and analysis of effective educational practices, Education Trust—West issues timely reports and press responses to critical issues in education affecting low-income students. The mutual interests of California GEAR UP and this policy organization are to improve the education of all students and to close the achievement gap between low income, African-American, and Latino students and others. Reports and data analysis tools are available on their website.
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    PARENT INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION (PIQE) offers an Early Childhood Development Program, a Parent Coaches Program, a Teacher's Workshop on Effective Parent Engagement, a Family Financial Literacy Education Workshop, and a Parent Leadership Program. PIQE's signature program, the Parent Engagement Education Program is offered to all GEAR UP schools, a nine-week curriculum delivered to parents in their primary language that helps parents to become educational advocates for their students. These sessions are effective in promoting meaningful family-school involvement and helping families to create a home learning environment, navigate the school system and collaborate with teachers, counselors and principals.
  • R.T. FISHER EDUCATIONAL ENTERPRISES INC. offers a comprehensive array of services geared toward the creation, development and implementation of educational programs designed to enhance learning and success. Since 1999, R.T. Fisher has been a primary service provider for California GEAR UP, most notably in the research, conceptual design, development, implementation and maintenance of the Resources and Materials Clearinghouse. Designed for educators, students and families, the Clearinghouse has helped to develop a school-wide focus on tracking student progress and the importance of family and community engagement. RT Fisher has developed public relations materials and workshops for GEAR UP projects, conducted training for educators, program staff and other service providers, and presented at National and Statewide GEAR UP conferences and events.
  • WestEd

    We are proud to have WestEd as our evaluation partner. The WestEd Mission: a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. Across the country, WestEd staff successfully work on many evaluation and research-based projects, and in partnerships with schools, education agencies, policymakers, and others in education and human development. Primary goal: Success for every learner.
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    COALITION FOR EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (CEP) The mission of CEP is to help educators help disadvantaged children reach their highest potential and increase their test scores. CEP works with public schools and other educational institutions, providing family and leadership training, data analysis and evaluation, facilitation, and staff development. In partnership with GEAR UP, the Coalition will implement family engagement programming, strategies and teacher training through customized curriculum, designed to meet the unique needs of schools, families and communities. 

    Check out our blog interview for more information
  • california colleges logo is the state's official website that provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU)University of California (UC)California Community Colleges (CCC)Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (A I C C U), and the California Department of EducationExplore Colleges and Careers, Plan and Pay for College, College Admissions, gather information about the admission requirements at all California colleges and universities, apply online to many of the colleges and universities in California.

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  • California Academic Partnership Program
    THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (CAPP) was established by the State Legislature in 1984. CAPP's purpose is to develop cooperative efforts to improve the academic quality of public secondary schools in order to improve the preparation for college for all students. The statute provides that CAPP focus efforts in schools with low student participation in institutions of postsecondary education or with a concentration of students from groups which are underrepresented in postsecondary education. Projects are distributed throughout the state in order to provide schools located in rural, urban and suburban areas access. CAPP is administered by the California State University, in cooperation with the University of California, the California Community Colleges, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    For more information on CAPP, visit the CAPP website at

  • California Subject Matter Project
    The California Subject Matter Project is a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects that support on-going quality professional development. CSMP creates sustainable teacher learning communities throughout California. Activities and programs are designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices and lead to increased achievement for all students. More information: