British Columbia's AVID programme leads to success

A group of average students who were pushed to achieve more through a four-year pilot programme in British Columbia, Canada, will graduate this year, and officials say the Advancement Via Individual Determination effort led 75% of participants to be accepted to college, some of whom otherwise would not have enrolled. "I talked to some of the kids now in [year] 12 who are the first to complete the programme," one principal said. "It was like talking to mature young adults. They had a real good grasp of what they're going to do, what lay ahead. They seemed totally prepared."

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