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The AVID Effect

Advancement via Individual Determination

AVID is a non-profit organization that operates a college readiness system implemented in elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions across the United States and internationally. The goals of the AVID system are to prepare students for college eligibility and success, especially students from underserved populations.

Key aspects and data on AVID's effectiveness:

- AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire and potential to go to college. The system focuses on organizational, study, and academic skills to support students in challenging courses.

- In 2020-2021, AVID was implemented at over 7,000 schools in 48 states, serving nearly 2 million students. Internationally, there are over 950 AVID schools across 45 countries.

- AVID has had a consistent, positive impact on student performance and college readiness over decades of implementation, according to third-party studies. For example:

  - AVID secondary students are more likely to complete advanced coursework like AP and enroll in four-year colleges. An independent study found 96% of AVID seniors in Florida applied to a four-year college.

  - AVID students typically surpass non-AVID students on academic metrics like GPA and standardized tests. A study in San Diego found AVID students had GPAs nearly 0.5 points higher.

In summary, AVID is a widely-implemented college readiness system focused especially on expanding access and opportunities for underserved student groups through academic and personal skill building. Independent research has found consistent benefits of AVID on student academic performance, college eligibility, enrollment and persistence.

Program Advisors
Carrie Brewer,
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