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About Us

GAINS was founded in 2005 by Dr. Tim Schaap and Dr. Marilynn Kulieke, both standard-based assessment specialists. We have a unique capability to design and create assessments from benchmarks at both the elementary and high school levels.


We have dedicated our business to empowering schools, teachers, and students to understand standards, and implement assessments in the classroom to increase student achievement. Another core aspect of our business is scoring and reporting assessments.

  • ACT Standards

  • Aspire Standards

  • Common Core State Standards


Teacher- friendly materials to empower K-12 students to master national standards Committed to Student Achievement GAINS has worked with public, private, and charter schools with both small individual schools and large networks, such as:

  • Chicago Public Schools

  • The Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

  • Moline District #40

  • Elgin District U46

           And many, many more!

“I have been working with GAINS Education Group for 10 years. They have provided rigorous assessments that are directly aligned to the EPAS. The professional development sessions and curriculum materials they have created are teacher friendly and support rigorous question development. Lastly, the data reports are thorough and are returned to the school quickly and efficiently. The GAINS consultants are always there to help answer any questions and also appreciate direct feedback to ensure they are providing the best service. They lead with customer service and response. I would recommend their services to any school that is data driven and uses data to drive instruction and increase student achievement.” 

Dawn Sandoval, Principal, Catalyst-Maria High School

“GAINS resources have been integral in aiding our transition to a standards-based curriculum model. GAINS has provided our school valuable insight into our students' current skills and have assisted us in targeting instruction. GAINS resources have allowed us to build an interim assessment model that targets the emerging skill level of our students.” 

David Bain, Associate Principal, Waukegan High School

“Moline High School is using the EPAS item analysis from GAINS as the foundation of one of our restructuring initiatives. Early detection and monitoring of identified skill sets will provide information for the teachers to adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of their students.” 

 Wayne Cabel, Asst. Principal, Moline High School

"We began consulting with GAINS a number of years ago and that positive relationship has found us referring them to many other districts in the area. They really understand your needs prior to customization of a plan of action which benefits everyone from the students to the Board of Education!" 

 Kathy Black, Assistant Superintendent, Argo High School, District #217


"I have worked with GAINS since 2005 and have always been pleased with their outstanding timely service. Working for two different district Assessment and Accountability offices, my charge was to partner with a company that could score practice EPAS assessments and provide useful data to the district office as well as teachers. The reports are comprehensive and user friendly to administrators and teachers. District U-46 also partnered with GAINS for multiple different professional development sessions for teachers. The surveys from teachers and administrators overwhelmingly endorsed GAINS in providing useful information. I would highly recommend the services that GAINS provides." 

Laura Hill, Assessment and Accountability Coordinator, School District U-46

Our Clients

We are deeply proud of the districts and schools that we have worked with. The growth and development in student achievement we have helped foster with our clients offers tangible credence that we are indeed helping schools to be the best they can. 

Included below are a few comments from some of our many clients. We could not be more proud of their successes. 

Illinois Schools we have worked with:

  • ARGO High School

  • ARGO High School - Heritage Middle School

  • ARGO High School - Wilkins Middle School

  • ARGO High School - Willow Springs Middle School

  • Bartlett High School

  • Beecher High School

  • Bogan Computer Technical High School

  • Bowen High School

  • Catalyst - Howland

  • Catalyst - Maria

  • Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

  • Central Schools Programs

  • Christ the King Jesiut Prep High School

  • CICS Northtown Academy

  • CICS Ralph Ellison

  • Clemente High School

  • Delavan High School

  • Donovan Jr./Sr. High School

  • East Alton-Wood River High School

  • Effingham High School

  • Elgin High School

  • Farragut Career Academy

  • Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School

  • Gifford Street High School

  • Hiawatha High School

  • Hiawatha PreK - 8th Grade School

  • Kelvyn Park High School

  • Lake View High School

  • Larkin High School

  • Maria High School

  • Michele Clark High School

  • Moline High School

  • Moline High School - John Deere Middle School

  • Moline High School - Wilson Middle School

  • North-Grand High School

  • Ogden International High School

  • Ramsey-Fayette High School

  • South Elgin High School

  • St Anne Community High School

  • Sterling High School

  • Streamwood High School

  • Township High School

  • Triad High School

  • Waukegan High School

Michigan Schools we have worked with:

  • Central Pinnacle School

  • City High

  • Creston High

  • Eastern High School

  • GR Montessori High School

  • McBain High School

  • Ottawa Hills High

  • School of Health Science

  • South East Career Academy

  • Union Community

  • University Prep Academy

  • Webberville  High School

Wisconsin Schools we have worked with:

  •  Lodi High School

  •  Oconto Falls High School

  • Urban League of Greater Madison

Our experienced professionals have created cutting edge materials to help our schools understand the simplified Common Core State Standards in a way that administrators and teachers can use in the classroom.

We can help by providing:

  • National standards in reading, mathematics, English, and science broken down in measurable benchmarks

  • Our classroom formative assessments tied to measurable benchmarks

  • Our assessments aligned with national tests including PARCC, SAT, ACT, Aspire, Smarter Balanced

  • Our consultants who offer guidance and professional development to teachers and administrators.


Call for pricing at 847-995-0403 or email














Dr. Tim Schaap 
Tim Schaap, GAINS Education Group Founder and President, received his Bachelors in Chemistry and doctorate in Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University. He coordinated a district ACT Test Preparation program, (900 students), developed the use and explanation of the NASSP Learning Style Profile and helped develop and institute the Prairie State Mirror testing program for freshmen and sophomores. 

Tim has worked with several schools and organizations including National Association of Secondary School Principals, Township High School District 214, Cambridge Educational Services, Scantron and the National Study of School Evaluation. He is also a member of the Learning Environments Consortium, International, LEC. With GAINS Education Group, he continually consults with a variety of schools and districts on assessment and school improvement especially related to the Learning Style Profile, the ACT and Work Keys (EPAS) and ITBS testing.


Dr. Marilynn Kulieke 
Dr. Kulieke served as an associate executive director and senior vice president for the National Study of Evaluation for 6 1/2 years. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Educational Psychology, where she served as a research fellow. From 1987 to 2002, Dr. Kulieke served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for a large high school district in the Chicago area where she evaluated school based programs and coordinated the district's assessment program. In her capacity as research fellow at Northwestern University, she evaluated a large-scale character education program in the Chicago public schools, a Spencer funded grant to examine the impact of a residential integration program on student achievement, and a number of innovative programs for accelerated learners. Dr. Kulieke has focused on developing approaches to accelerate the impact of school improvement and collecting and evaluating information using web based technologies. Currently, she has been working on data-driven instruction and standards-based assessment.


Mrs. Rosemary Jacot 

Rosemary Jacot specializes in helping schools use surveys and school data for improvement planning. Prior to her new consulting responsibilities at GAINS Education Group, she was the NSSE Associate VP for Research Services. Her responsibilities included developing software tools focused on school improvement and student achievement as well as customer support and training. Previously, her experience included teaching at the elementary level and a technology Innovation Coordinator for a school district. She is a presenter at the National and state technology conferences. Rosemary earned a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a M.A.T. from National Louis University. Rosemary is currently the Director of Assessment Services at GAINS.


Mrs. Kim Waters-Lipsky 

Kim Waters-Lipsky serves as a Project/Product Management Coordinator and Data Analyst Consultant, responsible for customer service, writing and researching, processing data and analyzing, developing, and launching new products for GAINS Education Group. She has been involved in the education field for the past 20 years with a background in teaching, software development; quality project management; quality assurance; training on web-based programs/software; creating, launching, and implementing new products; and IT support/development. Kim has previously worked for National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE); also known as AdvancED for 12 years, providing support in professional development; marketing; web-based school improvement products (developing, implementing, and training); and office IT maintenance, support, and development.


Ms. Wendy Walters 
Wendy's background includes software development, quality management, training and website evaluation. Wendy received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering from San Jose State University and has a Masters in Project Management. She has computer lab experience working with elementary students programs and continues to be an advisor for High School youths with project requirements, planning, and project development.

Mr. David Kulieke 
After earning his B.A. in English literature from the University of Illinois, David Kulieke returned to add a teaching certificate. While teaching English, he earned an M.S. in Education at Northwestern University. He taught fifth through ninth grade English at Lake Forest Country Day School, a private independent school, from 1981 to 2009. He chaired the English department from 1988 to 2009. During this time he created and administered curricula covering every aspect of the English program, including composition and literature as well as grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and speech. He also inaugurated and led several interdisciplinary initiatives as well as special projects and events within the English department. Additionally, for 16 summers he taught literary analysis to gifted high school students as well as creating the curriculum for this course at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. In addition to his duties with GAINS, he now tutors English, test-preparation, and music as well as consulting with educational companies and serving as an editing consultant for a grammar publishing firm.

Mrs. Ellen Macias 
Ellen Macias has taught English at Vernon Hills High School since 2007. She has earned a Masters in Education from Northwestern University and a Masters in Reading from Benedictine University. In addition to teaching English, she also teaches ACT preparatory classes for the English Test. She has written ACT-like reading items for GAINS since 2008.

Mr. Evan Cater 
Evan Cater brings to GAINS fifteen years of experience as a database designer/programmer and data analyst; providing application development, reporting, and automation services for large businesses such as Jewel Food Stores, Peoples Energy, and KPMG LLP, mid-sized businesses like ExteNet Systems and Chicago Financial Enterprises, as well as smaller businesses such as Executive Travel Directors and Marriage Ministries. He has a BA in Communications from Calvin College. Educational work experience includes roles as Adjunct Theatre Faculty at Trinity Christian College and Assistant Speech Coach at Oak Park-River Forest High School.

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