Demonstration School Revalidation

IGH Middle School Earns Revalidation as an AVID Demonstration School
Posted on 03/17/2022
IGHMS AVID 7th Graders holding National Demonstration School signIn 2018, Inver Grove Heights Middle School became an AVID National Demonstration School. Few schools in the country have earned this designation, and the schools that have earned it must continuously improve outcomes for all of their students to keep it. This year, IGHMS passed its revalidation to maintain its designation as one of only nine national demonstration schools in Minnesota!

IGHMS held its first AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class more than 10 years ago. It was a single class with a handful of students that met every other day. The class focused on collaboration, communication, and skills in critical reading, inquiry, writing, organization, and advanced study. The teacher used AVID’s research-based teaching practices to prepare students for college and beyond. Soon, AVID classes grew and classrooms throughout the middle school began using AVID’s teaching practices to help every student experience more rigorous instruction.

Every year since they were eligible, IGHMS was recognized as a Highly Certified AVID School for effectively using AVID college readiness practices schoolwide, not just in AVID classrooms. However, in 2016, they became eligible for the next step: becoming an AVID National Demonstration School. AVID National Demonstration Schools are exemplary models of the college readiness system. They are nationally recognized for showing evidence of student achievement schoolwide, and they are designated as a learning center for AVID best practices and teaching strategies that help students succeed academically, personally, and professionally.

During the intense two-year application process, AVID coaches visited IGHMS to observe its practices, measure progress, and provide feedback on what still needed to be done. By the beginning of 2018, the school was ready for its site visit. The middle school’s AVID staff organized a student panel for AVID representatives to talk to, held a presentation summarizing the staff’s efforts over the previous seven years, and detailed their future plans for the program to serve more students. In March of 2018, IGHMS was named one of only 175 AVID National Demonstration Schools in the nation.

Since earning demonstration school status, IGHMS has continued to advance its AVID practices to improve outcomes for all students. Over the past few months, staff have been gathering evidence of their improvements to send to AVID for revalidation, including student work samples, student and staff testimonials, and recorded lessons. After reviewing the evidence and conducting an intensive interview with staff members, AVID revalidated IGHMS as an AVID National Demonstration School for three more years!

Congratulations to IGHMS staff on earning and maintaining this prestigious designation and for the work they do to effectively teach students the skills they need for lifelong success while showing other schools how to do the same.