• Types of Tutoring: Effectiveness and Equity

    The evidence is clear that tutoring can help students learn. Researchers have studied many tutoring programs and, over and over, have found strong benefits for students. In fact, we know of few other options for helping individual students catch up to grade level. Tutoring is the best known approach for acceleration and it can… more

  • Policy Considerations for Tutoring

    High-Impact Tutoring: An Equitable, Proven Approach to Addressing Pandemic Learning Loss and Accelerating Learning The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted schooling across the country, leading to substantial learning loss for students, especially for students living in poverty and from communities of color. In fact, 70% of parents are… more

  • Using the American Rescue Plan Act Funding For High-Impact Tutoring

    As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and schools reopen their doors to in-person learning, we are faced with the challenge of reengaging students — many of whom have been chronically absent from school and have experienced severe social stresses. With students having faced an extraordinary range of experiences during the past year, a… more

  • Learnings from Existing Research On Tutoring Implementation: Implications for District Leaders & Policy Makers

    High-Impact tutoring – one-to-one or small group instruction in which a human tutor supports students in an academic subject area – has emerged as the primary strategy for addressing Covid19-induced learning interruptions. As tutoring expands nationally, what can we learn from existing research to inform effective planning and… more

  • Key Considerations for Designing High-Impact Tutoring Programs: Learning from NCLB Supplemental Education Services

    Researchers, across multiple studies, find that tutoring can dramatically accelerate student achievement in both math and reading.1 However, previous efforts to expand access to tutoring through federally-mandated Supplemental Education Services (SES) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 show little to no effect on student outcomes… more

  • Early Planning Needed to Know Your Tutoring Program’s Effectiveness

    Substantial new federal funds, such as those from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), are allowing districts to provide students with services such as tutoring that were not financially feasible in the past. Are these new programs cost-effective enough to merit allocating other funds to sustain them, such as Title I and Title IV… more

  • How to Gather Rigorous Evidence of Your Program’s Effectiveness

    Ideally every tutoring initiative leads to positive student outcomes. The evidence is very strong that tutoring can benefit students. However, some programs are likely to be more effective than others. How can we be sure that an investment in tutoring is paying off? Well-designed evaluations can provide definitive evidence about how much… more

  • High-Impact Tutoring: Equitable and Effective Learning Acceleration

    Rigorous research provides evidence that tutoring, with specific characteristics, produces large learning gains for a wide range of students, including those who have fallen behind academically. A recent meta-analysis reviewed studies of tutoring interventions that have been evaluated by randomized controlled trials in the past few… more

  • Funding Tutoring Programs

    While tutoring is cost-effective, it is also costly. However, significant funding is available, with more to come through pending COVID-19-related legislation. In many cases, successful high-impact tutoring programs will pursue, access and combine funding through several sources. Major funding sources include: national service programs… more