This report provides highlights from the 2018 High School Exit Survey and includes AISD seniors’ reports of college and career preparation activities, perceptions of their school experiences, and aspirations for the future.
The purpose of this survey is to monitor high school students’ perceptions of their high school experience. Results are used to improve the campus environment and program supports for students.
The High School Exit Survey was administered online to seniors in every AISD high school during Spring 2010. In total, 3,574 seniors in the Class of 2010 completed the survey, for a response rate of 87.9 percent.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Austin: 2019 Spring Staff Focus Group Results Summary
The purpose of the staff focus groups was to gather information about staff perspectives on the GEAR UP program, their experiences with the GEAR UP program, and their support for student college preparation. Most of the focus group participants across five GEAR UP campuses understood the GEAR UP program. Many staff provided positive comments about the GEAR UP activities and GEAR UP facilitators. Staff reported they supported students’ college preparation and expected their students to go to college.
The cost-effectiveness of the CTE program continued to improve in 2012-2013. The percentage of college-ready CTE seniors increased over the previous year, and expenditures declined. Seniors’ college readiness rates did not differ by CTE status.
This report summarizes high school data seminar discussions and includes trends common across data sources, identified successes and challenges, and suggested resources to address students’ college preparation needs.
The CTE program was more cost-effective in 2013–2014 than it was in 2012–2013, despite a lower college readiness rate and an increase in the per student cost from the previous year. This was CTE’s third year of improvement in cost-effectiveness.
Compared to 2010–2011, the cost-effectiveness of the CTE program improved in 2011-2012. Also, CTE may be more successful than the regular curriculum at achieving the effect of college readiness among Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.
Seniors in 2011 who concentrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) were as college ready as non-CTE seniors. However, significant differences were found in the college readiness of CTE and non-CTE seniors based on ethnicity and income.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Austin: Annual Evaluation Report 2017-2018
This evaluation report presents a baseline description of outcomes for the 2017-2018 school year, the first year of GEAR UP Austin implementation in AISD. Specifically, the report describes program implementation, students' participation in GEAR UP Austin, and baseline student academic and college preparation outcomes.