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The Numbers Are In

AVID 2011 Seniors Outpace National Statistics in Graduation Rates, AP®/IB® Test-Taking Numbers, and Four-Year College Entrance Requirements

SAN DIEGO – A record 27,891 AVID seniors participated in AVID’s annual data collection reporting details about their demographics and academic achievements. Hispanic/Latino students led the reporting with 55 percent; 17 percent of the students were African American and 15 percent of the students were white. A total of 69 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Of the 2011 AVID seniors reporting their information, 98.8 percent graduated from high school with 91 percent planning to attend a postsecondary institution - 58 percent to four-year institutions and 33 percent to two-year institutions.

Additionally, 72 percent of the seniors reported taking at least one course of rigor, like AP® or IB®, with 60 percent taking the corresponding exam.

2011 AVID seniors also reported completing four-year college entrance requirements at a rate more than two times their peers. Presented by ethnicity in the chart, AVID seniors more than tripled the national statistic in three of five ethnic groups.

“Year after year, AVID senior students report high graduation rates, achievement in rigorous courses, and plans to attend college. Because of AVID, these students, who may have otherwise been overlooked and underserved, rise above the obstacles they face to achieve academic success,” AVID Executive Director Jim Nelson

*AVID Senior Data Collection, 27,878 2011 AVID seniors reporting
--Manhattan Institute, Education Working Paper 3, 2003, Greene, J.P., Forster, G. “Public High School Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the U.S” (The most recent national data available.)
*Filipino and Other not classified in this study.

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AVID is a non-profit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 4,800 schools in 48 states and 16 countries/ territories; AVID serves more than 425,000 students in grades 4-12, as well as students in 24 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in postsecondary education and training.

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