3 Must-Haves for Effective Tutoring

Education Week

An effective tutoring program requires more than just small group sizes and frequent sessions. It requires school structures that encourage tutors to meet the day-to-day learning needs of struggling students.

The most recent federal tutoring data, suggest that as of the 2022-23 school year, more than 8 in 10 public schools are providing some sort of tutoring for their students, but only 37 percent offer high-dosage tutoring, considered the most intensive but also the most effective type.


“A lot of districts really want to provide additional support for their students. They want to do it in an equitable way and they want to do it in a sustainable way. One of the things that we’ve seen is that starting big and not being able to do [tutoring implementation] smoothly sometimes backfires,” said Nancy Waymack, director of research partnerships and policy for the National Student Support Accelerator at Stanford University, which studies K-12 tutoring trends. “Starting by focusing on a smaller group of students, and really making sure that they have the full support of a consistent tutor, on a very frequent basis, in a data-driven way that’s really aligned with the curriculum is a way that’s going to work really well.”


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