MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report shows the AVID/TOPS program is working for Madison students.
New data from the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, or WISCAPE, shows students in the program achieve higher GPAs, higher enrollment in AP courses and higher attendance rates.
The annual assessment also found the longer a student is in the program, the greater the effect is.
AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a system to get students ready for college.
It includes an elective course focused on organizational strategies, study skills, critical thinking and tutorial support.
In the Madison Metropolitan School District, AVID is partnered with TOPS, or the Teens of Promise program, through the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.
TOPS provides full-time student coordinators in each of the four high schools, summer internships, after-school mentors, funding for more than 40 tutors during the elective course, and a variety of college and career field trips.
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