Last week, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading held a national conversation about high-dosage tutoring, an evidence-based intervention for learning loss. On the panel — along with leaders from national organizations like ExcelinEd and The Education Trust — was John-Paul Smith, the executive director of the NC Education Corps, talking about state strategies to advance equitable learning recovery.
North Carolina was an early adopter of this intervention. NC Ed Corps started as an initiative of the State Board of Education and the Office of the Governor in September 2020, just six months after the governor’s executive order closing schools.
In its first year of providing direct services, 196 corps members served in 20 districts providing tutoring, mentoring, and contact tracing to 2,500 students. In 2021-22, 234 corps members in 23 districts served as K-3 literacy tutors working with coaching support. Initial funding included $175,000 in CARES Act funding combined with $1.75 million in philanthropic support.