Impact of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) on achievement and perceptions of learning

Preparing students for success in their educational endeavors and beyond is the primary function of schools and, yet, how to do so is one of the most hotly debated issues of education today. Programs such as Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, seek to help students become more successful and more prepared for college and also hope to close the achievement gap. This study examines the impact of the AVID program at one Southern California high-performing school on its students’ academics and perceptions of school and learning. The study found that students within the AVID program increased their GPAs and those who had been in for two years had even stronger growth. Additionally, results showed that students overwhelmingly felt that the program had a positive impact on their school and learning, most especially on aspects of organization, collaboration, and the AVID family.