The GEAR UP evaluation design includes assessing quantifiable outcomes and benchmarks for each year of the GEAR UP Project.  These benchmark improvements are included in each GEAR UP student’s Student Achievement Plan, a key tool used by staff and students in tracking the selection of courses and services to meet students' educational needs, enhance their capacity for more accelerated learning, improve their classroom achievement, provide standardized test scores, and assess ability to meet rigorous college entrance requirements. The methodology utilized in this project includes collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for impact study.