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ERIC Number: ED538134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Students Training for Academic Readiness (STAR): Year One Evaluation Report. Executive Summary
Maloney, Catherine; Caranikas-Walker, Fanny; Sheehan, Daniel
Texas Center for Educational Research
The federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, strives to equalize low-income students' access to higher education by increasing their participation in rigorous coursework, providing expanded opportunities for low-income students and parents to learn about postsecondary educational opportunities and financing options, and forging strong partnerships between school districts, colleges, and community support groups. Students Training for Academic Readiness (STAR) is the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) second state-level GEAR UP grant. During the 2006-07 school year, STAR began providing services to six south Texas school districts: Alice ISD, Brooks County ISD, Corpus Christi ISD, Kingsville ISD, Mathis ISD, Odem-Elroy ISD. STAR districts exceed state averages in the proportion of low-income and minority students they serve and lag state averages in terms of their testing outcomes and graduation rates. Through a collaborative partnership that includes the TEA, P-16 Partnerships for Student Success at the College of Education at Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi (P[superscript 2]S[superscript 2]), the College Board, Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE), and the National Hispanic Institute (NHI), the STAR project seeks to increase (1) the information available to students and their families about postsecondary educational opportunities, (2) students' access to advanced academic programs, (3) training for teachers and counselors, and (4) parent and community support for a student's decision to go to college. The 2006-07 evaluation describes the process of first year implementation and presents baseline indicators of student enrollment, academic performance, and postsecondary participation that will act as benchmarks for measuring districts' progress over the course of the STAR project. This executive summary presents the major findings from the study. [For the full report, "Students Training for Academic Readiness (STAR): Year One Evaluation Report," see ED538133.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency
Authoring Institution: Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER)
Identifiers - Location: Texas