The Avid Effect in High School: A Quantitative Study of the Avid Effect in a Large Urban School District in the South
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Doctor of Education (EdD)
According to the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) website, there are multiple studies comparing the academic achievement of AVID students to non-AVID students. This research study was uniquely designed to determine the effectiveness of the AVID program in large urban school districts in the south based on students’ junior year academic performance on state assessments such as the ACT, English III, Math III, and chemistry exams. This study also examined comparisons between graduation rates, suspensions, and attendance. A one-way ANOVA was conducted to compare means of three groups during this study including AVID elective students, non-AVID elective students attending non-AVID schools, and non-AVID elective students attending AVID schools. An analysis of the results of the study indicated that junior year academic achievement means do not show a significant difference with ACT composite scores or state assessment performance in Math III, English III, and chemistry. However, the means for AVID elective students were slightly higher. Non-AVID students had slightly higher ACT composite score means. The results of the study indicated that the graduation rates, suspension, and attendance data do not reflect a significant difference between AVID elective students attending AVID schools, non-AVID students attending non-AVID schools, nor non-AVID elective students attending AVID schools. However, AVID elective students had slightly lower ISS, OSS, and days absent from school. Recommendations for future study were provided.
Potts, Darrell, "The Avid Effect in High School: A Quantitative Study of the Avid Effect in a Large Urban School District in the South" (2021). Doctor of Education Dissertations. 45.
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This entire process was dedicated to my late grandmother, Lorine A. Potts (1924-2016)