$26 million investment part of Future Forward Ohio, an initiative focused on helping close student learning gaps caused by COVID-19 disruption.
Cignition, a K-12 virtual tutoring platform, today announced its selection by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as one of six high-quality providers to offer free high-dosage tutoring to schools statewide. Ohio has earmarked $26 million in federal funds for this initiative through Future Forward Ohio, the state's dedicated plan to help students overcome learning obstacles caused by COVID-19. School districts will have free access to Cignition at the start of the school year.
In collaboration with the state, Cignition will offer rigorous K-12 tutoring in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) with a team of seasoned educators. They emphasize data-driven instruction and foster a collaborative learning environment. Features include 1:1 and small group sessions with up to four students, ELA instruction rooted in the science of reading, support for English learners, and a detailed reporting dashboard tracking attendance and student progress.
As the main focus of Future Forward Ohio, high-dosage tutoring, which is characterized by an average of at least 90 minutes of tutoring per week, promises lasting academic improvements. Studies have shown that students consistently benefit from it, as evidenced by Stanford University's National Student Support Accelerator, which underscores its effectiveness, particularly for those lagging academically.
"Cignition's program aligns with what the research tells us are the most promising practices in high-impact tutoring, with consistent, effective tutors who develop strong relationships with students and provide engaging, personalized instruction," said Susanna Loeb, professor and director of the education policy initiative at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. "Moreover, recent studies provide good evidence that Cignition's program has been successful for the students that they reach, meaningfully improving their learning and performance on key assessments."