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ERIC Number: ED539927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 288
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP): Year Five Evaluation Report, September 2003-August 2004
Shapley, Kelly; Pieper, Amy; Vicknair, Keven; Sheehan, Daniel; Weiher, Gregory R.; Hughes, Christina; Howard, Joseph
Texas Center for Educational Research
In October 1999, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) received a GEAR UP state grant. TEA's project, Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP), was originally a five-year grant. However, additional federal funding extended the project for a sixth year. TGAP begins at the middle-school level to prepare low-income and minority students for higher education opportunities. Targeting six South Texas school districts, TGAP includes interconnected activities supporting early awareness of and preparation for higher education among students, their families, and schools. This evaluation examines the fifth year of a six-year TGAP project. TGAP was initiated in the 1999-2000 school year, continued through its fifth school year in 2003-04, and as a result of additional federal grant funds, will conclude at the end of the 2004-05 school year. The evaluation assesses progress toward three overarching TGAP goals: "building capacity, increasing student and family awareness, and gaining business and community support." Specifically, the evaluation explores how TGAP builds the capacity of districts, schools, educators, parents, and students to support students' participation in higher education; and the extent to which student and parent awareness of college opportunities, including financial aid and assistance, increases. In addition, the evaluation assesses academic outcomes for schools and their students, and offers insight into program implementation and sustainability. Appended are: (1) TGAP Goals; (2) Site Visit Interview Protocols; (3) Classroom Observation Instrument; (4) Faculty Fellows Interview Instruments; (5) Student Survey; (6) Teacher Survey; (7) Parent/Guardian Surveys; (8) Data Detail; (9) Methodological Detail; and (10) TAKS Objective Scores. Individual sections contain footnotes. (Contains 167 tables and 34 figures.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency
Authoring Institution: Texas Center for Educational Research (TCER)
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment; Advanced Placement Examinations (CEEB); Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test; SAT (College Admission Test)