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Focusing on gap in student achievement with AVID program in the Oxford School District

A new program to close the achievement gap may be implemented into the Oxford School District in the near future.

Denise Rupert, a representative from Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), conducted a meeting on Tuesday night at Oxford Middle School to talk about what the elective program can offer OSD intermediate and middle school students.

“We realized that we have a lot of students who are not meeting their full potential,” said OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey before Rupert had the floor. “The goal here tonight is to introduce you to (AVID) what we believe can help with that. But they implement strategies that are good for all kids.”

Harvey says that he and some members of the school board became acquainted with AVID back in September when they took a trip to a school outside of Nashville to see it in action and to the program’s national convention in Dallas.

Preparing students

AVID is a non-profit organization whose mission (from grades K-12) is, “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

Rupert first became acquainted with the program in 1996 when she visited a school that implemented AVID in Newport News, Virginia. She says that when she took what she learned back to her school in Tennessee her students started scoring significantly higher on state tests.

A new program to close the achievement gap may be implemented into the Oxford School District in the near future.

Denise Rupert, a representative from Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), conducted a meeting on Tuesday night at Oxford Middle School to talk about what the elective program can offer OSD intermediate and middle school students.

“We realized that we have a lot of students who are not meeting their full potential,” said OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey before Rupert had the floor. “The goal here tonight is to introduce you to (AVID) what we believe can help with that. But they implement strategies that are good for all kids.”

Harvey says that he and some members of the school board became acquainted with AVID back in September when they took a trip to a school outside of Nashville to see it in action and to the program’s national convention in Dallas.

Preparing students

AVID is a non-profit organization whose mission (from grades K-12) is, “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”

Rupert first became acquainted with the program in 1996 when she visited a school that implemented AVID in Newport News, Virginia. She says that when she took what she learned back to her school in Tennessee her students started scoring significantly higher on state tests.