“Weathering the Storm”: Federal Efforts Helped Bolster U.S. Education Standing Among Peer Nations

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In addition to providing necessary resources, providing leadership on best-practices, the Administration, in collaboration with major organizations, launched the National Partnership for Student Success (NPSS) to provide additional tutors, mentors, student success coaches, wraparound service coordinators, and post-secondary transition coaches. Many states, under the Administration’s guidance, have allocated funds to proven recovery solutions. For instance, North Carolina used ESSER I funding for early adoption of high-dosage tutoring. Louisiana Accelerate supports local school systems implementing tutoring with roughly $1 million in seed funding from ESSER. Colorado established a High-Impact Tutoring Program using $6.4 million in ESSER funds to train and deploy tutors, while Oklahoma is investing in math tutoring for up to 1,500 secondary students per year with their ARP ESSER funds. Virginia’s “All in VA” ESSER funds to evidence-backed high-intensity tutoring for at-risk students. Of course, the structure of training and compensation for tutors can vary substantially based on the unique needs and constraints of schools. Stanford’s National Student Support Accelerator suggests various tutor trainings along with online pre-service trainings such as Saga Coach. The training level of tutors also impacts tutor payment with some models proposing payments of $20 per hour for non-professionals and payments of up to $50 per hour for teachers and professional tutors.

In addition to tutoring initiatives, other states have invested in summer and after school programs:  states like Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Alabama have either established or expanded funding for after school programs.


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