Research and Evaluation

Evaluation of PGCPS' AVID Program

Kola K. Sunmonu, Ph.D., Carole Portas Keane, Ph.D., & Anirban Ghosh



This evaluation of the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program assesses the extent to which participation in the program improves the odds of students in the academic middle being college and career ready upon graduation.  Using data from two samples selected from the SY2009 7th grade cohort, a series of linear probability models were tested.  Overall, the results of the analyses do not indicate that participation in the AVID program increases the odds of being on track to be college and career ready, be it in the immediate or the long term.  Nor do the results indicate there is any delayed effect of the program for those that participated in the program only when they were in middle school.  This conclusion contradicts most of the literature on the effect of the AVID program and the acclaim most public education officials place on the program.  However, at the individual school level, there are indications that the AVID program may be effective in increasing the odds of being on track to being college and career ready.  For some schools, the differentials between AVID and non-AVID students in estimated probabilities of success are quite large, though most are not statistically significant.  These results should be interpreted with caution due to the limited scope of the present study and some methodological challenges.  It is recommended that any future evaluation of the program should be comprehensive and include a formative component.

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