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ERIC Number: ED368832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The AVID Classroom: A System of Academic and Social Supports for Low-Achieving Students.
Swanson, Mary Catherine; And Others
This report discusses the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, an untracking program that places previously low-achieving students in college preparatory classes. The first part of the paper describes the origins of AVID at Clairemont High School in San Diego (California) and its development into a mature program. The students who participated proved that they could be successful by substantially raising their grade-point averages. All the participants attended college, and, as a group, received more than $50,000 in scholarships and loans. In addition, in the first year during which AVID students graduated, Clairemont's Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills scores improved 46.6 percent over the districtwide increase in total language and 35 percent over the increase in total mathematics. The second part of the paper describes the social processes and institutional practices that contribute to AVID's success in preparing underrepresented students for college. Evaluation indicates AVID's special instructional orientation is vital to the success of AVID's untracking program. Complementing this are the social scaffolds supporting student placement. By taking them to visit college campuses, exposing them to test-taking and note-taking techniques, and assisting them in completing college application and scholarship forms, AVID teaches low-income students explicitly in school what middle- income students learn implicitly at home. (Contains 14 references.) (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A