The AVANCE-Dallas impact is clearly observable in the way it changes the lives of our parents and children during the program year. By the end of the 2013–2014 program year (latest program results available), our participants made the following achievements:
80% of 3- and 4-year-old 2014 child graduates were kindergarten-ready—that is, they demonstrated proficiency on 70% of school readiness skills on the LAP-3 (Learning Accomplishment Profile).
86% of 2014 children age 0–2 were developmentally at or above their target age on the E-LAP (Early Learning Accomplishment Profile).
81% of the 2014 parent participants evaluated in five to seven home visits demonstrated at least 75% of the 44 “ideal” parenting behaviors on the AVANCE Home Visiting Checklist while playing with their child. This benchmark was up from a mere 2% of participants at the year’s beginning.
82% of 2014 parent graduates reported reading to their children at least five days per week by the end of the year, up from only 19% at the program’s start.
83% of 2014 parent graduates met the 12% (or 3-point) increase goal on the post-APQ (AVANCE Parenting Questionnaire) exam. The average increase was a 26% gain.
Parents volunteered a total of 77,163 hours of service in the community during the 2013–2014 program year, including projects from organizing a health initiative to becoming reading tutors in their local schools.
91% of first- and second-year students who completed an ESL class in the 2013–2014 Workplace English Program improved by at least one proficiency level on the Side by Side Placement Test.
24% of students who completed at least one year of the Workplace English Program got a job, increased their income, or started a business by year end.
IDRA Report on AVANCE's Effectiveness
On January 23, 2014, the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) released a new research report documenting the effectiveness of the AVANCE Inc. program. IDRA—an independent, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to assuring educational opportunity for every child—conducted an external impact study in which they interviewed 199 parents in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio who graduated from AVANCE's Parent-Child Education Program seven to ten years ago. The study was designed to assess whether participation led to long-term change in education and socio-economic status.
In summary, this report—from an external evaluator—demonstrates the effectiveness of the AVANCE program, establishing the evidence base of our program model. You can view IDRA’s two-page summary report on AVANCE on their website.
Long-Term Tracking Results
We also track the academic achievement of our child graduates in school after they leave our program. The following charts show the latest findings of how AVANCE-Dallas child graduates compare with their peers in the Dallas Independent School District and the state of Texas.