Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
3/8/2019 - 7:00 PM  
Curriculum and Instruction  
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) System Update  
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Objective 1.1 Educational Excellence
ACPS will regularly assess and respond to the needs, interests, and abilities of individual students.
Objective 1.2 Achievement Gaps
ACPS will target academic achievement gaps and increase positive educational outcomes across race/ ethnicity, income, disability, and language subgroups.
Objective 1.3 Disproportionality
ACPS will focus on increasing representation of minority students in talented and gifted programs and in Honors and Advanced Placement courses; decreasing suspension rates of minority students, particularly males; and preventing over-identification of racial/ethnic minorities for remedial or special education services. ACPS will also focus on eliminating gender and racial/ethnic disparities among students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, math, and literature classes and in advanced classes such as honors and Advanced Placement.
Objective 1.4 Educational Equity
ACPS will provide each student with opportunities to be challenged and supported.
IA - Instructional Goals and Objectives  
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
File Attachment:
AVID Data in ACPS.pdf
Agenda Item Summary:
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system developed to transform an entire school. Since 2008, AVID has partnered with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and is in all ACPS secondary schools (including Jefferson-Houston School) and in two elementary schools: Cora Kelly and Patrick Henry. In grades 6-12, there are 506 students participating in the AVID elective. Students participating in the AVID elective are prepared to be successful in rigorous courses, receive tutorial support from college-age tutors, and have access to support services to ensure persistence and efficacy. To date, the class of 2019, which includes 39 seniors has more than two hundred college acceptances and two million dollars in scholarship awards as of March 1, 2019.  
AVID provides scaffolded support that educators and students need to encourage college and career readiness and success. AVID accomplishes this through two pathways: AVID Elementary (AE) and AVID Secondary. Both pathways focus on the AVID Essentials: Instruction, Culture, Leadership, and Systems. AVID believes that these essentials are necessary to ensure that all students are poised for academic success. The AVID essentials are delivered through writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, which AVID calls WICOR. Furthermore, AVID supports students to be independent thinkers, and promotes a college going culture as well as being highly organized.  
The Superintendent recommends the School Board review the information provided in the brief.  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Terri Mozingo - Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:  
Gregory Hutchings - Superintendent