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ERIC Number: ED538136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Students Training for Academic Readiness (STAR): Year Two Evaluation Report. Executive Summary
Maloney, Catherine; Sheehan, Daniel; Rainey, Katie; Whipple, Allyson
Texas Center for Educational Research
The federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP, project 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. The United States Department of Education (USDE) provides for two types of GEAR UP grants: (1) partnerships grants made up of school districts, colleges or universities, and other organizations, and (2) state grants administered by state agencies, either alone or in partnership with other entities. In 2006, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) applied for and received a state grant to administer a GEAR UP project in six Gulf Coast area school districts. The state grant, titled Students Training for Academic Readiness, or STAR, is implemented in six school districts in south Texas: Alice ISD, Brooks County ISD, Corpus Christi ISD, Kingsville ISD, Mathis ISD, and Odem-Edroy ISD. Each STAR district includes a high school and its associated feeder pattern middle school in the project. STAR addresses its goals through a collaborative partnership that includes TEA, College Board the College of Education at Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi, Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE), and the National Hispanic Institute (NHI). GEAR UP grant requirements include an evaluation component designed to assess effectiveness and measure progress toward project goals. TEA contracted the Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER), a nonprofit research entity, to conduct an external evaluation of the state's GEAR UP/STAR project. TCER's evaluation is limited to the GEAR UP state grant (i.e., STAR) and does not include GEAR UP partnership grants awarded to other entities in Texas. The findings presented in this executive summary make up the second year evaluation of the state's GEAR UP/STAR project. (Contains 1 footnote.) [For the full report, "Students Training for Academic Readiness (STAR): Year Two Evaluation Report," see ED538135.]
Texas Center for Educational Research. P.O. Box 679002, Austin, TX 78767. Tel: 800-580-8237; Tel: 512-467-3632; Fax: 512-467-3658; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency
Authoring Institution: Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER)
Identifiers - Location: Texas