Tennessee Goes All in on Tutoring with $200M Statewide Program for 150,000 Kids Who Are Just Below Grade Level in English, Math

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For years, education researchers have praised a specific type of tutoring as one of the best methods of educating children. So with student achievement lagging after COVID-19 restrictions and nearly $2.5 billion in federal relief funding coming this year, Tennessee is making a big bet that a statewide program offering frequent, in-person, small-group tutoring will help push a swath of students to proficiency. 


High-dosage/low ratio tutoring has “consistently proven to accelerate achievement as quickly as possible” for all students regardless of their demographics, age, or whether they are from rural, suburban or urban areas, said Penny Schwinn, the state’s education commissioner. 

Indeed, research shows that tutoring programs that serve children in small groups with regular, frequent sessions can increase learning by up to 10 months, according to a synthesis of research by Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform.


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