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ERIC Number: ED504653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Using EPAS[TM] to Evaluate School-Based Intervention Programs: GEAR UP. Case Study
ACT, Inc.
This brief examines how the ACT's EPAS[TM] (Educational Planning and Assessment System) can be used to evaluate school-based intervention programs. Specific evaluation considered is that of the federal government's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), an initiative designed to increase the college awareness and college readiness of students at low-income middle schools and high schools. Results of the evaluation suggest that, compared to students from non-GEAR UP schools, students from GEAR UP schools perform slightly better with respect to changes in academic readiness and college intent from grade 8 to grade 10. This is true also after controlling for poverty level. The report concludes that ACT's EPAS provides reliable measures of student academic achievement, educational and career plans, vocational interests, and background characteristics, and can therefore help program evaluators conduct meaningful analyses of changes in students' readiness for college, and provide a significant source of longitudinal data for the evaluation of school-based intervention programs. Five recommendations are offered for evaluating GEAR UP programs: (1) Tailor the analysis to the intervention; (2) Follow students across time; (3) Track student participation level in GEAR UP programs; (4) Track student long-term outcomes; and (5) Use a control group. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A