AERA ’23: Short-burst 1:1 tutoring model shows promise


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  • A short-burst, in-person 1:1 tutoring model has shown significant gains in early literacy for kindergarten students, according to research presented Thursday by Carly Robinson, a senior researcher at Stanford University and a member of the National Student Support Accelerator, at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Chicago. 
  • For the study, the National Student Support Accelerator partnered with the nonprofit tutoring program Chapter One, which provides kindergarteners 5 to 7 minutes of individual tutoring in the back of a classroom. Tutors also monitor student progress as they independently work on tablets tracking their work. 
  • Some 70% of students who participated in this tutoring model reached their reading level goal compared to 32% of students who did not — a 38 percentage point difference, Robinson said. The study took place in Broward County Public Schools in Florida and analyzed progress data from 818 students across 49 classrooms during the 2021-22 school year. 
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