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: 

Navigation 101

  • 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.  

AVID

  • 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.   

You can learn more about the interm evaluation for Navigation 101 and AVID.  

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.

Navigation 101: A Report Card

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Navigation 101: A Report Card

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A R e p o r t C a r d
Planning
for college
Students
taking
8th grade
algebra
18%
32%
61%
77%
45%
60%
How course-taking patterns changed
Students
taking
advanced
math
Students
taking
chemistry
2008
2013
Produced by SwitchYard Media
Source: BERC 2013 College Readiness Initiative prepared for College Spark.
For more information, contact Sue Bergman: 360-593-7175 or sbergman@avid.org
or visit avidcenter.org
More than 250 schools in Washington are implementing AVID
Celebrating AVID e l e c t i v e students’ success
College Readiness Initiative schools implementing AVID:
Helping underprepared students do the work
they need to become college-ready is a big job.
Students enrolled in the AVID elective outperform other students in nearly
every college-readiness indicator. They also have a more positive view of their schools college-going culture.
What is it?
Who does it
serve?
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID),
is a college readiness system for elementary through
higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide
learning and performance.
The program is designed to increase the college readiness
of all students, based on the philosophy that with
proper academic and social support, even struggling
students can be held accountable to the highest
standards and succeed.
The cornerstone of the program is the AVID Elective,
a daily class that helps motivated but underprepared
students succeed in rigorous college-prep courses.
Why is it unique?
in a nutshell
“I think the goals of AVID are
to help you improve organizational
skills and to prepare you for real
life and college. It helps to not be
a shock for you when you get there.”
—Student
“[My instructor is]
actually the reason
why I stayed in AVID
all three years so far.
It doesn’t feel like he’s
really a teacher; he’s
more of a mentor.”
—Student
“Now teachers are
sharing more with
teachers, and the
strategies are used
in general education
classrooms too.”
—Teacher
Because AVID
makes a
difference in
student success,
most schools
are able to
sustain the
program after
grant funding
comes to
an end.
-Grandview HS
-Grandview MS
-Compass Alt HS
-Republic HS
-Republic JHS
-Weatherwax HS
-Aberdeen MS
-Mary Walker HS
-Springdale MS
-Cusick HS
-Cusick JH
-Inchelium HS
-Inchelium MS
-Wellpinit HS
-Wellpinit MS
-Grandview HS
-Grandview MS
-Compass Alt HS
-Rogers HS
-Garry MS
Spokane
Springdale
Cusick -Curlew Elementary
-Curlew HS
Curlew
Wellpinit
Inchelium
Republic
-Bridgeport HS
-Bridgeport MS
Bridgeport
Grandview
-Mt. Vernon HS
-LaVenture MS
Mt. Vernon
-Burlington-Edison HS
-Lucile Umbarger K-8
-Ferndale HS Burlington-Edison
-Vista MS
Ferndale
-Foss HS
-Jason Lee MS
-Lincoln HS
-Steward MS
Tacoma
-Heritage HS
-Covington MS
Aberdeen Evergreen College Spark is investing
in these AVID schools
Asian American:
2010
2013
All: 40%
52%
57%
79%
Hispanic: 18%
African American: 32%
46%
Big achievements
Four-year college eligible transcripts
47%
Native American: 22%
32%
Students
AVID elective
students with
four-year college
elegible transcripts
25%
2009 2013
55%
Students taking
8th grade algebra or
above in middle school
29%
Non-AVID
elective students
AVID elective
students
40%
2008
All students
2012
High school
graduation
rates:
76% 80%