2010 AVID Senior Data Report: Graduation Rates, AP®/IB® Test-Taking Numbers, and Four-Year College Entrance Requirements Outpace National Statistics

Oct 14, 2010, 07:00 ET from AVID

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a non-profit college readiness system, reported a record 22,210 seniors participated in AVID's annual data collection giving details about their demographics and academic achievements.  Of the 2010 AVID seniors reporting their information, 99.6 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, 74 percent of the seniors reported taking at least one AP or IB course, with 61 percent taking the corresponding exam. Results also show that 2010 AVID seniors completed four-year college entrance requirements at a rate more than two times their peers.  AVID seniors more than tripled the national statistic in three of five ethnic groups in these requirements.

"While others talk about what should be done to prepare students for college, AVID is doing it.  For more than 30 years, the AVID College Readiness System has helped thousands of students who are typically overlooked and underserved, rise above the obstacles they face to achieve academic success," said AVID Executive Director Jim Nelson.

2010 AVID senior class information:

  • 52 percent of AVID students were Hispanic or Latino; 17 percent, African American; 15 percent, white; six percent Asian
  • 67 percent of AVID students were eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • 88 percent of AVID students applied to a four-year college; 74 percent were accepted


AVID is a non-profit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 4,500 schools in 47 states and 16 countries/ territories. AVID serves more than 400,000 students in grades 4-12, as well as students in 14 post-secondary 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.

For more information visit www.avid.org.

Liz Morse, AVID

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Steven Baratte, AVID