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District’s college readiness programs proving successful

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview School Board of Directors were reassured last Monday that the time spent implementing and support the district’s middle school AVID and high school Navigation 101 programs are is worthwhile.

Since implementing the AVID college readiness program in the Grandview School District, the administration has seen a steady climb in the percentage of students graduating from GHS, said Matt Mallery, the district’s executive director of human resources. In 2012, the high school could boast an 89.9percent graduation rate, he told the board.

The only year where there was a significant dip in the graduation rate was in 2010, when the state changed the high school diploma requirements. He said at that time there were 48 students in the GED school which was closed, 15 of whom were from neighboring school districts and 25 of whom were coded as drop outs. If not for that change, we would have had a 96 percent graduation rate, Mallery explained.

Mallery said the AVID college readiness program and the high school’s Navigation 101 are preparing students to face the rigors of college courses.

He said the data is showing that more GHS graduates are surviving the first year of college and going back to stick out for another year. “We are giving our students the tools to be persistence in obtaining their college education,” he said.

Another programs which is seeing more students be successful is the G high school advanced placement programs. In 2001, there were no students in the AP classes, but as of 2012, the district offered 13 AP sessions filled with more than 130 students, earing college credits.

Mallery told the board he would be continue to collect the data. “We are also looking at expanding the AV

ID programs to align with AP classes, he said.

In addition the district is seeing an increase in the number of students taking math and passing their end of course exams, said Kevin Chase, district superintendent.

“We are seeing a 98 percent EOC passing rate,” he said.

Mallery noted that the AVID program can no longer be a stand-alone program.

“We need to see it interwoven into all of the school’s curriculum. We need to continue to give the students the tools to get through college,” Mallery said.

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