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NEW! AVID's Executive Director assures California educators that AVID will continue.
"The recent news that funding for AVID was cut from the California state budget when Governor Brown issued a line item veto is disheartening, but I want to assure you that support for your AVID program will continue throughout the coming school year."

Invest in AVIDJuly 6, 2012 -- The AVID College Readiness System that supports more than 155,000 students in approximately 1,400 California schools was cut in the final state budget by Governor Jerry Brown with a line-item veto that was announced in late June. While this will impact the way California school districts fund their AVID program beginning in 2013, AVID Center will provide a transition plan, with support from the California Regional System, so the AVID program will continue in current schools without interruption for the 2012-2013 school year. Districts currently implementing AVID will be able to transition to the national model of AVID membership, used by more than 3,000 schools across the nation, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. AVID Center will work with districts and county office partnerships to continue the AVID College Readiness System in California.

AVID Success in California
Founded in San Diego in 1980 with one class of 30 students, the non-profit AVID system now serves approximately 450,000 students in 48 states, and 16 countries and territories, including Canada, Australia and Department of Defense schools throughout the world. In California specifically, AVID has become a key component in education reform with outstanding results.

  • Of the 2011 California seniors in AVID who participated in the senior data collection (n=15,596)
    • 95% plan to attend post-secondary education
      • 61% in four-year institutions
      • 33% in community colleges
  • 90% of all 2011 AVID seniors completed the UC/CSU “a-g” course requirements. (This is 2.5 times greater than the completion rate of 36% for the state overall in 2009-10, the most recent data available.)
  • 89% of Hispanic and African American 2011 AVID seniors completed UC/CSU “a-g” entrance course requirements.
  • The number of AVID 8th grade students in Algebra is almost 50% higher than the national average.
  • Of the 300 Dell Scholars named this spring (2012), 83 of the 96 (86%) Dell Scholars from California are AVID students.
  • AVID trains approximately 6,500 California educators every year.

Belief in the AVID system is so strong that, despite budget cuts in public school systems across the U.S., attendance in AVID’s eight Summer Institutes has increased by nearly 25 percent. This summer, AVID will train more than 22,000 teachers and administrators. Three of the Institutes are in California with 5,000 California educators participating.

AVID works!

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