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ERIC Number: ED539929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 341
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP): Year Six Evaluation Report, September 2004-August 2005
Shapley, Kelly; Sturges, Keith; Sheehan, Daniel; Weiher, Gregory R.; Hughes, Christina; Howard, Joseph
Texas Center for Educational Research
The Texas Education Agency's (TEA's) state GEAR UP project--Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP)--has provided interconnected activities supporting early awareness of and preparation for higher education among low-income and minority students, their families, and schools in six South Texas school districts. Over its six years, the state grant was guided by three goals for (a) building educator and student capacity for successful participation in challenging college preparatory programs, (b) increasing student and family awareness of opportunities for college and financial aid assistance, and (c) providing meaningful incentives and support for high student achievement from the business community. The TGAP evaluation assessed progress toward the three overarching TGAP goals. Researchers explored (a) how TGAP influenced the capacity of districts, schools, educators, parents, and students to support students' participation in higher education; (b) the extent to which student and parent awareness of college opportunities, including financial aid and assistance, increased; and (c) the academic outcomes for schools and their students. The findings also offer insight into program implementation and sustainability. Researchers combined qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches with rich and varied sources of data. These included annual, on-site interviews (with teachers, students, counselors, and university faculty fellows), classroom observations in Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP classrooms, document and product reviews, interviews with project partners, teacher and student surveys, and demographic and performance data. The methodological approach relied on triangulation to examine patterns in both project implementation and academic outcomes. 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 163 tables and 36 figures.) [For "Texans Getting Academically Prepared (TGAP): Year Six Evaluation Report, September 2004-August 2005. Executive Summary," see ED539928.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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)