Assessing Impact, Improving Implementation
A primary goal of our investment in AVID and Navigation 101 is to support schools in developing strong, sustainable, comprehensive college and career readiness programs. To this end we commission program evaluations, conducted by the BERC Group and the University of Texas - Pan American focused on learning how to implement these programs effectively and assessing program impact.
The most recent report from the BERC Group is available here and shows some positive trends:
- Increased the percentage of graduating seniors eligible for entrance into a four year college based on course work.
- Increased in the percentage of students who took 8th grade algebra and rigorous college prep math and science courses in high school
- Increased students’ sense of belonging and future focus, as indicated by student surveys.
- Increases in college enrollment rates for African American, Hispanic, and Native American students.
Other program specific positive trends:
- High school graduation rates were 20% higher than a group of comparison schools.
- Higher college completion rates for students graduating from Navigation 101 high schools compared to students from schools with similiar demographics.
- Students enrolled in the AVID Elective did better most indicatores of college readiness compared to students not enrolled in the AVID Elective (course taking, graduation, and school climiate)
- Teachers trained in AVID strategies demonstrated more research-based effective teaching techniques than teachers not trained in AVID, based on classroom observations utilizing STAR Protocols.
Interested in learning more about how to improve Navigation 101 or other advising programs? Read What we’re learning on the path to preparing all students for college and careers.