GEAR UP Toolkit
ACT tools may be embedded effectively into GEAR UP grant applications to help schools engage students early, accelerate their readiness through supplemental programs, and expand the capacity of schools to create college-going cultures.
GEAR UP serves approximately 707,970 students
Congress appropriated $360 million for GEAR UP in FY 2019
Average annual funding per Partnership Grant is $1,845,540
Develop Your GEAR UP Grant Application with Resources from ACT
GEAR UP has become extremely competitive, with less than 1 in 5 applicants funded, despite the need of many communities for support.
Maximize GEAR UP students’ academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education with ACT Aspire®—the longitudinal assessment system that measures student progress with empirically based readiness benchmarks from grades 3 through 10.
Strengthen the assets of GEAR UP students by determining their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, which are crucial in school, and in life. Tessera is a next-generation assessment system that identifies SEL strengths and provides exercises to build these skills.
Prepare GEAR UP students for postsecondary education with an assessment that simulates the ACT testing experience, predicts future success, and offers locally assigned accommodations. Students may also opt to share their information with college and scholarship agencies.
Assist GEAR UP students with an early measure of College and Career Readiness, while also serving as the first step toward preparing for the ACT® test. Students are tested in all four ACT subjects to receive insight on areas of academic strengths and opportunity.
Equip GEAR UP students with a college-reportable score and opportunity for scholarship that make the college application process more attainable. Students receive personalized college and career decision-making information to assist in establishing college performance baselines.
By providing educators with a formalized training in a holistic understanding of the ACT test, you will advance your talent pool and improve college and career readiness of students. Educators will learn teaching strategies that advance GEAR UP students’ abilities to successfully master the core skills needed for college success.
Increase the percentage of GEAR UP students who place into college-level math and English, despite the fact that nearly half of incoming students are not ready for college-level coursework in either area. ACT®CollegeReady™ is a robust tool that helps seniors by identifying skill gaps and providing personalized learning paths.
Arm GEAR UP students with the only interactive and personalized test prep offering from ACT that provides custom learinng paths. Track students' progress as they prepare for the ACT through daily goals, tailored flashcards, an education game center, and custom dashboards.
Ensure GEAR UP students are more than college ready but career ready, too. Boost their employability with the WorkKeys® suite, a system of assessments and curriculum that build, measure, and certify essential workplace skills. In addition to working toward higher assessment scores, students may earn college credit, which has been shown by research to increase graduation rates.
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