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October 12, 2018

EPI to Conduct Evaluation for Non-Profit AVID


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, October 12, 2018 — The Educational Policy Institute recently received a contract from the non-profit education organization, AVID, to conduct a study on peer tutoring. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a San Diego-based non-profit that trains over 70,000 educators each year to help students prepare for college, careers, and life. AVID works with students and educators in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions.


In many AVID secondary schools, tutors are an important component of success for students. The AVID program has precise expectations and training materials to help tutors prepare to work with AVID schools and students. The purpose of this contract is to determine whether peer tutors can provide a similar and acceptable level of service to students as compared to college-level tutors.

The study will begin in October 2018 and conclude by April 2019 and involved a number of site visits to study peer tutors and non-peer tutors in the field. EPI's Dr. Watson Scott Swail will serve as the Principal Investigator for this project.

For more information on AVID, click here.

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