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Increasing Student Academic Achievement and College Readiness through AVID

January 19, 2011  • Education Innovation Forum and Expo

The nonprofit AVID Center proposes to replicate its proven college and career readiness system in underserved communities throughout the United States. The AVID system embeds trained teachers and administrators in a school’s infrastructure to engage struggling but capable students in rigorous learning and to create a sustainable schoolwide impact. The project design includes development of AVID model programs in regional networks of elementary and secondary school sites that would generate schoolwide and district-wide shifts to strong college-going, achievement-driven cultures.

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination is a systemic instructional program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in postsecondary education and training. AVID is a proven, effective way to increase the likelihood that a young person who comes from a low-income family will graduate from high school and go on to enroll in, and complete, a four-year college degree program. Over 98% of AVID high school seniors graduate from high school and over 76% are accepted to four-year colleges – consistently.

Over 30 years, AVID has successfully built and sustained a vertical-articulation system that reaches from elementary school through postsecondary education. Schools and districts have taken methodologies and strategies from the AVID elective course and have implemented them schoolwide and district-wide to impact entire communities. The AVID system has been successfully replicated in more than 4,500 schools serving approximately 400,000 students.

As an innovative leader in education, AVID uses evidence-based research to continually evolve its system.

To learn more, contact Granger Ward.