Program Results

Goal of California GEAR UP: To develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a statewide network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. As a result of this expanded capacity, a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, will enroll and succeed in higher education.

The 2005 – 2011 California GEAR UP Program is funded by a 6-year grant from the Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. 42 California middle schools participated in the School-Based Model program for two years, preceded by a 6-month planning period. The program was developed during the 1999 – 2006 Grant at 140 California middle schools (see results from 1999-2006).

As a result of participation in the California GEAR UP program, middle schools are expected to take advantage of the resources provided, and make use of other resources available to the school, to produce both increased opportunities and results for students and their families.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES AT SCHOOLS

The five outcomes listed below are essential for sustaining school improvement and a college-going culture, and for increasing the opportunities for students to succeed. Below each expectation are the California GEAR UP resources provided to support the schools.

  1. A Leadership Team led by the Principal, which guides the school-wide development of a college-going culture for all students within a wider school improvement effort, and whose members actively participate in California GEAR UP activities.
    • Principal & Leadership Team Institutes and Forums, On-Site Facilitation, School Self-Assessment Rubric (SSAR), Perceptions of Attitudes Readiness and Commitment to Change (PARCC) assessment, Community Conference, Newsletter, Website
  2. Rigorous academic instruction for all students, with regular and timely support for struggling students, and an increased number of Advanced Courses, including Pre-Algebra in Grade 7, and Algebra 1 in grade 8.
    • College Board and AVID workshops, Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP)
  3. Academic counseling which includes an individual grade 7 – 12 Academic Plan for each student, based on their strengths and interests.
    • Counseling Institute, ACT DISCOVER website and training
  4. College and financial aid information for all students and families, including a College Corner in each school.
    • Resources and Materials Clearinghouse; GEAR UP curriculum for grades 6, 7, & 8; College: Making It Happen guide and video; Kids on Campus video; Complete Pocket Guide to California Colleges and Universities.
  5. Regular involvement of families in supporting excellence in learning and high aspirations of postsecondary education for their children.
    • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE); Family Initiatives Project (FIP); Educational Trust Awards

EXPECTED RESULTS FOR STUDENTS

Results are measured by increases in students scoring Proficient or above on the California Standards Tests (CST), and by school-wide increases on the California Academic Performance Index (API) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

PROGRAM RESULTS

The results are provided in three formats, bulleted narrative results, graphic charts, and tables of the data. The links below will display all formats available for the topic. Links can also be selected in Sub Navigation to the left.

RESULTS 2005-2008

These data report the results of the first three years of the 2005-2011 California GEAR UP grant. In a study of 42 middle schools completing the 2.5-year program of School Based Services from 2005 through 2008, changes in school programs were identified, increasing opportunities and outcomes for students. The change in number and percent is from the baseline year, prior to participation, to the second year of participation. Levels of participation are for the two years. All schools had grades 7 and 8. 34 schools had grade 6.

RESULTS 1999-2006

These data report the results of the 1999-2006 California GEAR UP grant. In a study of 140 middle schools completing the 2-year program of School Based Services, changes in school programs were identified, increasing opportunities and outcomes for students. The change in number and percent is from the baseline year, prior to participation, to the second year of participation. Levels of participation are for the two years. All schools had grades 7 and 8. 108 schools had grade 6.

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