AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Independent Evaluations


Studies and Articles


College Access and Completion among Boys and Young Men of Color: Literature Review of Promising Practices   

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program: Providing Cultural Capital and College Access to Low-Income Students  

AVID-izing a High-Poverty Middle School: The Case of Magnolia Grove  

AVID System’s Impact on Diversity and Poverty Issues in Education  

CITATION: Peabody Jr., P.T. (2012). Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) System's Impact on Diversity and Poverty Issues in Education. National Teacher Education Journal, 5(4), 21-24.

Advancement Via Individual Determination: Method Selection in Conclusions About Program Effectiveness   



Success at Every Step: How 23 Programs Support Youth on the Path to College and Beyond   

Pathways to Student Success: A Guide to Translating Good Interventions into Meaningful ImpactExecutive Summary   

The Link Between High School Reform and College Access and Success for Low Income Minority Youth   

What it Takes: Pre-K-12 Design Principles to Broaden Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathematicsPart IPart II   

District Studies and Evaluations

Fairfax County Public Schools
Utilizing powerful student data, this district developed two studies in 2011 and 2013 to evaluate the impact of AVID with respect to implementation fidelity, college enrollment rates, and college persistence.
Minneapolis Public Schools
Three main outcomes are explored in this district evaluation to illustrate AVID’s impact: 1) student academic performance growth, 2) successful student preparation for a rigorous, college-level curriculum, and 3) student engagement.
AVID/TOPS Madison Metropolitan School District & The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) conducts research to assess the AVID/Teens of Promise program’s impact, focusing on three areas: engaging students, improving college knowledge, and vigorous academic preparation.

Key Findings:
  1. Juniors in AVID/TOPS for three years showed significantly higher increases than non-AVID/TOPS students in:
    1. Cumulative GPAs
    2. Participation in AP/Honors courses
    3. Attendance rates
  2. Seniors in AVID/TOPS for four years had a significantly higher graduation rate and cumulative GPA than non-AVID/TOPS students.

College Spark Washington-College Readiness Initiative: AVID & Navigation 101 | Infographic
College Spark Washington is an organization that funds programs to help low-income students become ready for college and earn their degrees. In this interim report, AVID is one of the two programs evaluated and highlights AVID’s instructional strategies and the college readiness culture and personal connections AVID fosters.
Houston Independent School District
This report evaluates the effectiveness of AVID in the district with respect to student academic performance outcomes. In spite of financial challenges, this district evaluation highlights how AVID students were still able to make strides in developing their skills while taking a rigorous course load.
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