Feb. 28, 2020
Last year, 95 percent of Pinellas County Schools' high school seniors participating in AVID sat for at least one Advanced Placement exam, compared to the national rate of 39 percent. In addition, 96 percent of the most recent district graduates met four-year college entrance requirements. Released this month, the new data is for the district’s Class of 2019 seniors who were enrolled in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
Studies have shown that participation in AP coursework and exams have a positive impact on a student’s high school GPA, college acceptance and retention, and eligibility to receive scholarships.
“Pinellas County Schools is proud of the partnership and impact AVID has made for our schools and students,” said Kevin Hendrick, the district’s Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Services. “Through AVID, students are supported in taking the most challenging courses and this data demonstrates that commitment and success.”
Pinellas County Schools joins the over 7,000 K-12 schools and districts across 47 states that impact over two million students, 66 percent of which are low-income or first-generation college students.
”Pinellas County Schools shares our deep commitment to preparing students for a successful future, by building high expectations among teachers and students, and fostering the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education,” said Dr. Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID and former school superintendent.