WWC review of this study

AVID participation in high school and post-secondary success: An evaluation and cost analysis

Todhunter-Reid, A., Burke, A., Houchens, P., & Howard, M. (2020). Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1275427

  • Quasi-Experimental Design
     examining 
    10,397
     Students
    , grades
    9-PS

Reviewed: September 2021

At least one finding shows moderate evidence of effectiveness
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards with reservations
College enrollment outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

College enrollment- fall after high school graduation

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) vs. Business as usual

3 Months

Full sample;
10,397 students

59.90

56.40

Yes

 
 
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High School Completion outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
    index
Evidence
tier

High School Graduation

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) vs. Business as usual

0 Days

Full sample;
10,397 students

93.90

90.50

Yes

 
 
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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 35% English language learners

  • 79% Free or reduced price lunch

  • Female: 51%
    Male: 49%
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    55%
    Not specified
    33%
    White
    12%
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    29%
    Not Hispanic
    71%

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    Florida

Setting

The study was conducted with students in 9th through 12th grades in public high schools in Palm Beach County, Florida. The students in the intervention group were nominated either by teachers, principals, or themselves to participate in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program and then enrolled in at least one but up to four, full-year intervention courses between 9th and 12th grade.

Study sample

The study sample included 10,397 students: 1,157 students who enrolled in AVID and 9,240 matched comparison students. Most students in the study sample were Black (55%) and eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (79%). About half (51%) were female and over a quarter (29%) were Hispanic. Over three-quarters (79%) were eligible for free/reduced price meals.

Intervention Group

The AVID program consists of a set of four year-long elective courses that are designed to be taken in order, over 9th through 12th grade. Students may also take the first course in any of the four years and may take up to four AVID courses as long as they are taken in sequence. The AVID courses are meant to be rigorous and increasing in rigor over the years, and incorporate active and cooperative learning approaches, with twice weekly tutorials in which students work collaboratively on English language arts and mathematics problems. College is often discussed, and the classrooms are decorated with symbols and paraphernalia related to colleges. The courses also include training in study skills such as academic notetaking and organization.

Comparison Group

Students in the comparison condition attended high schools in the same school district and during the same time frame as students in the intervention condition; however, the students were not enrolled in AVID classes.

Support for implementation

Support for implementation included the AVID Summer Institute training for school personnel, mobile whiteboards, and the AVID Library Package, and annual membership fees. Two district personnel managed the AVID program and training, and two additional administrators played support roles. Tutors were hired to facilitate twice-weekly AVID tutorials.

 

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