Evidence of learning loss is piling up. Here’s how the U.S. could design a tutoring program to help


High school students tutoring elementary school kids. College students working with middle schoolers. A corps of recent college graduates helping high school students. And an extra 30 minutes tacked on to the school day.

Brown University researchers say that’s how the U.S. could structure a nationwide program to help students recover from the academic disruption caused by the pandemic. Their blueprint, released Wednesday, lays out how millions of students could get access to small-group tutoring, a concept with a strong research backing.

Already, England and parts of Australia have launched tutoring programs of their own. The researchers say the idea could be worth trying here, too — though the practical challenges would be substantial, and the hefty price tag would make it a political longshot.


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