Program Evaluation: Middle School, High School, and College Preparation Initiatives

Several initiatives aim to prepare students for middle school, high school, or college. For many of these programs, the ultimate goal is to increase retention rates and raise the percentage of students advancing to the next grade or graduating. The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available in PDF format from the links below.

The Texas Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

The Texas Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Texas GEAR UP) is a seven-year federal initiative designed to increase early college awareness and readiness in traditionally underrepresented groups. Texas GEAR UP addresses multiple aspects of the college awareness process, including advanced academics, educator professional development, early information and awareness, and family and community support. Additional information can be found at TEA's Texas GEAR UP page. A longitudinal, comprehensive evaluation of the program focusing on the implementation, impact, cost and sustainability of the program is being conducted by an external evaluator over the course of the seven-year grant period.

The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below: 

The Texas GEAR UP State Grant Program Evaluation: Annual Implementation Report for the 2014–15 School Year (ICF International, August 2016)
Executive Summary (17 pages) 

 

The Texas GEAR UP State Grant Program Evaluation: Annual Implementation Report for the 2013–14 School Year (ICF International, August 2015)
Executive Summary (19 pages) 

 

The Texas GEAR UP State Grant Program Evaluation: Annual Implementation Report for the 2012–13 School Year (ICF International, September 2013)
Executive Summary (15 pages)

      House Bill 2237 Report

      Section 18 of House Bill 2237, passed by the 80th Texas Legislature, directed TEA to deliver to the Legislature a preliminary report in December 2008, and a final report in December 2010. The report assesses the impact of grant programs awarded under Subchapter L, Chapter 39, Texas Education Code (TEC).

      The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

      Texas High School Completion and Success Final Report on Performance of Programs Authorized by House Bill 2237 (TEA and ICF International, December 2010)
      Executive Summary (18 pages)

      Texas High School Completion and Success Preliminary Report on Programs Authorized by HB 2237 (TEA, December 2008)
      Executive Summary (13 pages)

        High School Allotment

        High School Allotment (HSA) provides formula funding per high school student to districts to prepare students to go on to higher education, encourage students to take advanced academic course work, increase the rigor of academic course work, align secondary and postsecondary curriculum, and support promising high school completion and success initiatives in grades 6 through 12. Every school district with high school students receives allotment funds. Please see TEA's High School Allotment Program page for current information on HSA.

        The evaluation report and executive summary are available from the links below:

        Report on High School Allotment: Review of Uses of High School Allotment Funds during the 2006-07 School Year (TEA, September 2008)
        Executive Summary (5 pages) 

          Texas High School Project

          The Texas High School Project (THSP) was a unique public-private alliance created in 2003 to ensure that all Texas high school students have the opportunity to achieve their highest educational potential and enhance state competitiveness for the future. The Texas High School Project vision was that all Texas high school students will graduate college- and career-ready. THSP partners include the Office of the Governor, Texas Legislature, TEA, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Communities Foundation of TexasGreater Texas FoundationMeadows FoundationNational Instruments, and others.

          A longitudinal, comprehensive evaluation encompassing more than 100 schools was conducted by an external evaluator. Included in the evaluation were both THSP programs, as well as associated programs. THSP programs received the full benefit of the partners’ coordinated technical assistance and policy support. Associated programs had a focus related to the THSP mission but did not receive technical assistance and policy support and were funded separately by one of the partners. Both types of programs were incorporated in the THSP evaluation and included:

          • High School Redesign and Restructuring
          • High School Redesign
          • Early College High Schools
          • High Schools That Work Enhanced Redesign Network
          • Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) Academies
          • New Schools and Charter Schools
          • Principal Pilot Certification Program
          • UTeach
          • District Engagement
          • Education Leadership
          • Austin Independent School District district redesign

          The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Project: Third Comprehensive Annual Report (SRI International, October 2011)
            Executive Summary (21 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Project: Second Comprehensive Annual Report (SRI International, November 2010)
            Executive Summary (16 pages)

            Study of the Austin Independent School District's Redesign and High School Reform Initiative: Interim Report (SRI International, June 2010)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Project: First Comprehensive Annual Report (SRI International, May 2010)
            Executive Summary (21 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Project: Study of State Context for Policy Reform Final Report, State Policy Review  (SRI International, December 2008)

            High School Redesign and Restructuring Grant Program

            High School Redesign and Restructuring (HSRR) was designed to provide high school campuses rated "Academically Unacceptable" under the Texas accountability rating system with the resources to build capacity for implementing innovative, school-wide initiatives designed to improve student performance on the campus. Additionally, this grant sought to create demonstration projects to provide case studies and models for successful practices in turning around low-performing high schools. Some HSRR grantees were evaluated under the Texas High School Project Evaluation.

            The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

            Texas Study of the High School Redesign and Restructuring Grant Program (Cycles 1 and 2): Final Report(Resources for Learning, February 2008)
            Executive Summary (25 pages)

            Texas Study of the High School Redesign and Restructuring Grant Program: Interim Report, Qualitative Analysis of Cycle 1 Programs (Resources for Learning, January 2007)
            Executive Summary (11 pages)

            Middle College/Early College High School Expansion Grants

            Middle College/Early College was designed to ensure the continued success, sustainability, and, where appropriate, expansion of Middle College High Schools and Early College High Schools, which give students who typically would not pursue postsecondary studies an opportunity to complete high school and a set amount of college-level coursework in an academically supportive environment. Additionally, this grant sought to provide other institutions interested in establishing Middle or Early College High Schools with information to allow them to implement effective and successful programs. Please see TEA's Early College High School Initiative page for more information.

            The evaluation report and executive summary are available from the links below:

            Texas Study of the Middle College Early College Expansion Grant Program: Final Report (Resources for Learning, May 2007)
            Executive Summary (4 pages)

            Texas High School Completion and Success Grants

            The THSP program provided school districts with underperforming high schools with funds to implement high school completion and success intervention strategies, including credit recovery programs, tutoring, acceleration programs, and other supplemental services for students at risk of not graduating from high school. The Texas High School Completion and Success (THSCS) grant program targeted underperforming high schools through student-focused competitive intervention grants that provide direct and indirect support services to students in Grades 9 - 12.

            The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Completion and Success Grant Initiative, Cycle 2 Final Report (Gibson Consulting, August 2007)
            Executive Summary (6 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Completion and Success Grant Initiative – Cycle 1 Sustainability Survey Results (Gibson Consulting, December 2006)
            Executive Summary (4 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Completion and Success (THSCS) Grant Program – Cycle 1 Final Report (Texas A&M University, June 2007)
            Executive Summary (6 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Completion and Success Grant Initiative, Cycle 2 Interim Report (Gibson Consulting, February 2007)
            Executive Summary (10 pages)

            Evaluation of the Texas High School Completion and Success Grant Program (Cycle 1): Interim Report, Program Activities Through Summer 2004 (Texas A&M University, February 2005)
            Executive Summary (9 pages)

            Ninth Grade Success Initiative

            The Ninth Grade Success Initiative's (NGSI) goal was to increase graduation rates in Texas public schools by reducing the number of students who either dropped out or were retained in Grade 9. Grantees emphasized basic skills in core curricular areas and provided students with opportunities to build credits toward graduation. Besides reducing Grade 9 retention and dropout rates, grantees were also expected to improve student attendance rates and performance on state assessment tests. TEA partnered with the Texas Center for Educational Research to conduct an evaluation of this grant program over the 2002-2004 period.

            The evaluation reports and executive summaries are available from the links below:

            Texas Study of Students At Risk: Efficacy of Grants Supporting Academic Success from Elementary Through High School (Texas Center for Educational Research, October 2004)
            Executive Summary (4 pages)

            Texas Study of Students At Risk: Case Studies of Initiatives Supporting Ninth Graders' Success (Texas Center for Educational Research, October 2004)
            Executive Summary (6 pages)

              Contact: ProgramEval@tea.texas.gov