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ENCORE!Family!Sessions!
Executive!Summary!
Fall!2012!
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I"will!“!Stand!side!by!side!on!helping!my!kids!to!enter!college!even!though!I!did!not!go,!and!not!
feel!intimidated”!
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<Parent,!Mission!CISD,!Sept.!29,!2012!
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Engaging"Communities"for"College"Readiness"(ENCORE)"is"a"program"developed"by"Texas"Valley"
Communities"Foundation"(TVCOF)"in"partnership"with"the"Bill"and"Melinda"Gates"Foundation.""
ENCORE’s"primary"goal"is"to"ensure"that"all"students"from"South"Texas"graduate"from"high"
school"fully"prepared"for"college,"work"and"life."
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Based"on"research"findings"where"parents"are"identified"as"key"players"in"the"college"readiness"
process,"ENCORE"developed"a"strong"and"dynamic"parental"involvement"and"family"literacy"
component.""These"outreach"efforts"promote"awareness"and"prepare"parents"with"the"
knowledge"they"need"to"guide"and"
improve"their"children's"academic"
success"for"an"effective"college"
preparation."""
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This"report"concentrates"on"data"
gathered"ENCORE"Family"Sessions"
were"offered"on"throughout"the"fall"
semester"of"2012"to"parents"whose"
children"attend"Edinburg"CISD,"
Mission"CISD,"and"McAllen"ISD."
Participants"engage"in"handsRon"
college"readiness"activities"and"are"
informed"on"college"preparation"
processes."The"presentations"are"conducted"concurrently"in"English"and"Spanish.""Through"
these"sessions,"parents"learned"how"to"better"prepare"their"children"for"college"and"had"open"
discussion"about"the"parents’"role"in"the"college"readiness"process."
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The"ENCORE"program"aims"for"a"
continuous"growth"and"
improvement."Feedback"from"
parents"is"essential"to"the"
development"of"our"presentations."
Below"you"will"find"and"Executive"
Summary"Report"for"each"of"the"
Family"Session"that"were"conducted"
for"Fall"2012.""
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ENCORE Family Session Overview
Fall 2012
Total # of Family Sessions: 8
Total # of Families Sign-Ins: 505
Total # of Attendees: 1,469+
Edinburg CISD – 5 Sessions
Total # of Families Sign-Ins: 369
Total # of Attendees: 1,162 +
LONGORIA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Longoria:53
Attendance at Longoria: 150+
HARWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Harwell: 153
Attendance at Harwell: 400+
MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Memorial: 43
Attendance at Memorial: 158
BARRIENTES MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Barrientes: 84
Attendance at Barrientes: 315
B.L. GARZA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at B.L. Garza: 36
Attendance at B.L. Garza: 139
Mission CISD- 1 Session
Sign-Ins at Mission HS: 78
Attendance at Mission HS: 150+
McAllen ISD- 2 Sessions
Total # of Family Sign-Ins:58
Total # of Attendees: 157+
MORRIS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Morris: 5
Attendance at Morris: 7
FOSSUM MIDDLE SCHOOL
Sign-Ins at Fossum: 53
Attendance at Fossum: 150+
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Edinburg!CISD!–Longoria!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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“Nos!orientan!y!nos!ayudan!a!saber!como!manejar!y!llevar!a!nuestros!hijos!a!un!futuro!mejor”!
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<Parent,!Longoria!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
1. 30%!(10/33)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
2. 18%(6/33)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
3. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.4"
4. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.4"
5. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"8.2!(Avg)!to!9.6!(Avg).!
6. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!6.3,!PostSsurvey!8"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!5.5,!PostSsurvey!7.8"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!4.7,!PostSsurvey!7.6"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!5.6,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
English"Session"
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1. 62%!(8/13)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
2. 8%!(1/13)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
3. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.8"
4. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!10"
5. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"decrease"from"9.6!(Avg)!to!9.5!(Avg).!
6. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.3,!PostSsurvey!9"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8.3,!PostSsurvey!9!.2"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!7.3,!PostSsurvey!8.8"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!6.9,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
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Edinburg!CISD!–!Harwell!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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Comenzaré!“ahorrar!dinero!y!hablarle!mas!para!motivarlo!a!ir!a!la!universidad.”! !
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<Parent,!Harwell!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
7. 28.6%!(30/105)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
8. 22.9%(24/105)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"
attending"college"
9. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.5"
10. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!8.9"
11. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"8.6!(Avg)!to!9.4!(Avg).!
12. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!7.25,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!6.68,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!5.28,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!6.3,!PostSsurvey!8.8"
English"Session"
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7. 52%!(13/25)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
8. 32%!(8/25)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
9. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.67"
10. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.7"
11. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"8.67!(Avg)!to!9.46!(Avg).!
12. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.13,!PostSsurvey!8.92"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!7.96,!PostSsurvey!8.88"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!7.67,!PostSsurvey!8.79"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!8,!PostSsurvey!9.29"
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Edinburg!CISD!–!Memorial!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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It"is"necessary"to"provide"these"meetings"because!“this!is!where!things!begin.!This!is!where!we!
have!a!voice!for!thier!future.”!!
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<Parent,!Memorial!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
13. 4.8%!(1/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
14. 9.6%(2/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
15. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"10"
16. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.82"
17. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"8.4!(Avg)!to!9.9!(Avg).!
18. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!6.4,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!5.9,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!5.7,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!6.1,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
English"Session"
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13. 64%!(14/22)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
14. 18%!(4/22)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
15. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.9"
16. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.9"
17. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9!(Avg)!to!9.8!(Avg).!
18. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.2,!PostSsurvey!9.5"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8.1,!PostSsurvey!9.6!"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!8.4,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!8.3,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
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Edinburg!CISD!–!Barrientes!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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“Nos!ayuda!mucho!para!saber!que!hacer!y!como!buscar!ayuda!para!cuando!nuestros!hijos!
vallan!a!la!universidad!”!
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<Parent,!Barrientes!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
19. 28%!(8/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
20. 14%(4/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
21. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"10"
22. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.7"
23. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9.1!(Avg)!to!9.9!(Avg).!
24. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!7.4,!PostSsurvey!9.3"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!6.1,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!5.8,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!6.5,!PostSsurvey!9.5"
English"Session"
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19. 54%!(20/37)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
20. 19%!(7/37)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
21. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.7"
22. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.7"
23. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9.4!(Avg)!to!9.9!(Avg).!
24. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.2,!PostSsurvey!9.1"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8,!PostSsurvey!9!"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!7.7,!PostSsurvey!9.1"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!7.5,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
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Edinburg!CISD!–!B.L.!Garza!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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“!I!think!it!is!very!important!to!make!families!aware!of!(college)!procedure,!etc.!Families!feel!
overwhelmed!sometimes!and!this!makes!families!not!feel!intimidated”!!<Parent,!B.!L.!Garza!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
25. 38%!(3/8)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
26. 13%(1/8)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
27. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"10"
28. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!10"
29. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"decrease"from"9.7!(Avg)!to!9.6!(Avg).!(Increase"
in"attendance)"
30. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.9,!PostSsurvey!8.7"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!7.9,!PostSsurvey!7.3"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!6.6,!PostSsurvey!7.3"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!7.4,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
English"Session"
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25. 69%!(20/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
26. 21%!(6/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
27. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.4"
28. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.5"
29. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9.4!(Avg)!to!9.8!(Avg).!
30. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.9,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8.2,!PostSsurvey!9.4!"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!8.1,!PostSsurvey!9.3"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!7.6,!PostSsurvey!9.5"
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Mission!CISD!–!!Mission!High!School!
Executive!Summary!

“Voy!a!mejorar!mis!gastos!pensando!en!el!futuro!de!la!educación!de!mi!hija!y!apoyarla!y!
animarla!para!que!vaya!a!la!universidad.”! !
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<Parent,!Mission!CISD.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
1. 5%!(1/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
2. 10%!(2/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
3. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"10"
4. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.8"
5. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"8.4!(Avg)!to!9.9!(Avg).!
6. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!6.7,!PostSsurvey!9.2"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!5.9,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!5.7,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!6.1,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
English"Session"
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1. 40%!(8/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
2. 30%!(6/21)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
3. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.9"
4. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.9"
5. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9.6!(Avg)!to!9.8!(Avg).!
6. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.5,!PostSsurvey!9.5"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8.5,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!8.2,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!8.1,!PostSsurvey!9.6"
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McAllen!ISD!–!Morris!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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These!meetings!are!necessary!because!“many!families!are!not!aware!of!college!and!how!to!get!
there”! !
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<Parent,!Morris!M.!S.!
English"Session!
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1. 100%!(4/4)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
2. 0%!(0/4)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
3. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"10"
4. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!10"
5. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"remain"the"same"10!(Avg)!to!10!(Avg).!
6. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!7.8,!PostSsurvey!9.8"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!6.5,!PostSsurvey!10"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!6,!PostSsurvey!9.8"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!8.3,!PostSsurvey!9.8"

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McAllen!ISD!–Fossum!Middle!School!
Executive!Summary!
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“Uno!aprende!muchas!cosas!las!cuales!no!sabíamos!y!porque!es!muy!bueno!saberlas!para!poder!
ayudar!a!nuestros!hijos”!
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<Parent,!Fossum!M.!S.!
Spanish"Session"
The"following"are"results"gathered"by"a"random"sample"approach."
7. 36%!(4/11)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
8. 9%!(1/11)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
9. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.8"
10. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.7"
11. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"increase"from"9.6!(Avg)!to!9.8!(Avg).!
12. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!8.1,!PostSsurvey!8.4"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!4.5,!PostSsurvey!8.2"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!4.5,!PostSsurvey!8.3"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!5.3,!PostSsurvey!8.6"
English"Session"
"
7. 72%!(21/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"attended"college"
8. 14%!(4/29)!of!parents"who"participated"in"our"session"have"a"son/daughter"attending"
college"
9. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"content"of"the"session:"9.5"
10. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"participants"rated"the"overall"presentation"and"delivery"of"the"
session:!9.5"
11. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"that"after"the"session,"conversations"about"
college"with"their"son/daughter"would"decrease"from"9.8!(Avg)!to!9.7!(Avg).!
12. On"a"scale"from"1R10,"parents"reported"their"preparedness"for"having"conversations"
about"College,"Application"Process,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships"increased"after"the"
ENCORE"session"
a. College:"PreSsurvey!9.1,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
b. Application"Process:"PreSsurvey!8.8,!PostSsurvey!9.3"
c. Financial"Aid:"PreSsurvey!8.7,!PostSsurvey!8.6"
d. Scholarships:"PreSsurvey!8.9,!PostSsurvey!9.4"
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Data!Evaluation!
Data"gathered"from"the"eight"ENCORE"Family"Sessions"conducted"throughout"the"Fall"
2012"semester"have"provided"the"program"with"valuable"information."We"believe"college"
readiness"is"key"for"students"of"the"
Rio"Grande"Valley"and"the"ENCORE"
Family"Session"takes"action"in"
working"and"collaborating"with"
parents"and"administrators"to"raise"
the"caliber"of"each"student"
competitively."The"survey"results"
have"led"the"ENCORE"team"to"tailor"
each"session"to"the"needs"and"
requests"of"the"parents"from"each"
school"district."""
"
Research"findings"have"indicated"four"
notable"results:"
1. The"collegeRreadiness"
information"and"its"delivery"by"the"
ENCORE"team"have"been"rated"9"outR
ofRten"or"greater"from"both"the"
English"and"Spanish"sessions.""
ENCORE’s"Family"Sessions"provides"
families"with"a"handsRon"
presentation."Interactive"activities"
are"essential"to"the"curriculum"of"each"presentation."By"the"ratings,"it"is"suggested"that"
the"information"is"needed"and"useful"to"the"parents."
2. The"percentage"of"parents"who"hold"a"college"degree"is"significantly"lower"for"those"
attending"the"Spanish"Family"Sessions"compared"to"the"English"sessions."Our"SpanishR
speaking"parents"also"report"to"be"less"prepared"to"talk"to"their"child"about"College,"
College"Application,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships."As"a"developing"program,"this"
information"is"important"because"it"tailors"the"focus"of"the"presentations"to"each"
session.""
3. The"reported"average,"in"regards"to"how"prepared"parents"are"in"holding"conversations"
about"College,"College"Application,"Financial"Aid,"and"Scholarships,"generally"increases"
from"PreRsurvey"to"PostRSurvey."This"indicates"that"regardless"of"the"language"of"the"
session,"parents"are"leaving"each"presentation"better"prepared"and"aware"of"these"four"
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contextual"skills,"which"David"Conley"(2007)"reported"to"be"imperative"to"the"college"
readiness"process."""
4. A"slight"increase"in"average"was"reported"by"parents"from"PreRSurvey"to"PostRSurvey,"
when"measuring"the"probability"of"having"college"conversations"with"their"students."This"
finding"allows"us"to"assure"that"more"conversations"about"college"are"happening"at"
homes"across"the"Rio"Grande"Valley.""
The"ENCORE"Family"Session"Surveys"have"provided"the"program"with"critical"information"that"
evokes"growth"and"value"to"the"services"provided."As"we"take"responsibly"to"improve"the"
collegeRreadiness"process"for"the"students"of"South"Texas,"this"data"serves"to"better"our"
understanding"of"the"importance"of"parents"and"the"influential"value"they"have"in"the"college"
readiness"process."
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If"you"have"any"questions"about"this"report,"please"contact"Marcos"Silva"at"956R903R4231"or"via"
email"msilva@tvcof.org."""
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1098"W."Expressway"83"
Mercedes,"Texas"78570"
956R903R4231"
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