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How AVID Helps Close the Achievement Gap for Students who are Economically Disadvantaged

The purpose of this journal is to report on results from research conducted from a survey done in person. The research focuses on high school students both in and out of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Students were asked a series of questions that focused on the following themes: building cultural capital, college access, and growth mindset. The nature and purpose of the research study was to look at the impact AVID had with helping close the achievement gap for students with low socioeconomic backgrounds. The high school was set in a public high SES community. The researcher analyzed where the AVID program at that particular school helped students from low SES backgrounds and where it needed to further support them. Findings found that students in the AVID program generally felt they were less likely to try again and also felt they had more college access.
 Keywords: AVID, SES, cultural capital, college access, growth mindset

The purpose of this journal is to report on results from research conducted from a survey done in person. The research focuses on high school students both in and out of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Students were asked a series of questions that focused on the following themes: building cultural capital, college access, and growth mindset. The nature and purpose of the research study was to look at the impact AVID had with helping close the achievement gap for students with low socioeconomic backgrounds. The high school was set in a public high SES community. The researcher analyzed where the AVID program at that particular school helped students from low SES backgrounds and where it needed to further support them. Findings found that students in the AVID program generally felt they were less likely to try again and also felt they had more college access. Keywords: AVID, SES, cultural capital, college access, growth mindset

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