From the Field

State Guidance for High-Impact Tutoring

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screen-shot-2021-05-27-at-2-10-07-pmThe recent passage of the American Rescue Plan is providing K-12 public schools with unprecedented, desperately needed relief funds to aid in the academic recovery of students after the COVID-19 pandemic. The $122 billion allocated to K-12 public schools represents over seven times current annual Title I funding. As a part of these relief dollars, Congress has required that states and districts designate at least 5 percent and 20 percent of the total funding, respectively, to address learning loss, totaling $28 billion. This funding gives education leaders across the country the opportunity to make significant investments in evidence-based programs.

We encourage states to carefully implement programs with strong evidence of improving students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes: high-impact tutoring. We partnered with Education Trust and Education Reform Now to create guidance for states considering this option.

Our recommendations address:

  • The state role in ARP use of funds
  • The effectiveness of high-impact tutoring
  • Research-based program guardrails
  • Publicly available resources
  • States leading on high-impact tutoring
    • Legislative action in Colorado
    • State education agency action in Louisiana

Read the state guidance

Read our joint memo to the U.S. Education Department

Photo courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.