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High-Dosage Tutoring Accelerates Student Achievement

What is highdosage tutoring and how is it effective

As state and school leaders consider how best to utilize remaining COVID relief funds, many are turning toward tutoring programs as a means of recovering lost learning and speeding up student achievement.

Investing in high-dose tutoring is well worth it; however, schools should ensure they inquire about the quality of tutoring they are receiving.

Personalized Learning

High-dosage tutoring provides personalized learning to students through one-on-one relationships between student and tutor. Tutors can identify what prerequisite skills a student needs to succeed with new content while pushing them past grade level standards, setting them up for future success not just this year but years after.

As opposed to academic interventions often provided during afterschool programs and homework tables, intensive sessions of tutoring take place as part of the regular school day and students attend throughout their academic year. Furthermore, tutors are trained to follow a specific curriculum and set individual goals based on diagnostic data for their respective students.

Some program administrators prefer to refer to these tutoring sessions as “high impact tutoring” or “high impact classroom instruction.” Both terms highlight an essential characteristic of this approach – personalized instruction for students. Tutoring programs must remain flexible and adaptable when necessary so as to provide effective strategies.

Acceleration in Learning

Educators, community leaders, and solution providers have come together to identify successful strategies to accelerate learning for those students who fell behind during the pandemic. One such approach has proven particularly successful – high-dose tutoring is a form of personalized learning support delivered regularly by trained teachers through small group settings.

Tutoring programs should seek to reach all students who require it, including those not diagnosed as having learning gaps. Reaching all students also helps prevent stigmatization of learning gaps and may increase attendance rates at schools or community centers; tutors may use social media and other tools to form relationships with them so that they feel at ease during tutoring sessions – increasing engagement with learning opportunities and student attendance rates overall.

As schools and communities continue to find solutions for helping their students return to grade level, they should explore ways of making high-dose tutoring a sustainable and equitable strategy, even after COVID-19 relief funding has expired. They should look at key features identified for effective high-dose tutoring: Individualized sessions that utilize diagnostic data; tutors trained by teacher should visit at least three times each week and tutoring must occur multiple times weekly (at least 3x/week);

Recovery from Learning Loss

As students struggled to complete school during the pandemic, they lost valuable learning time. Studies have demonstrated that tutoring can quickly recover this academic ground for many students – often long-term gains! In one-on-one settings, tutors can tailor teaching tactics specifically tailored for each individual student while building close relationships to ensure engagement and identify necessary skills that will position students for future success in future grades.

Schools and districts are now looking to implement tutoring programs in schools, districts, or both; but how can they know that theirs will be effective? Carnegie Learning’s Emily Anderson shares her tips for designing tutoring programs that engage and motivate learners – she believes all learners deserve access to this type of education! She joins Education Week’s webinar about what characteristics define high-quality tutoring programs.


High-dosage tutoring’s effectiveness cannot be denied; however, implementation may present difficulties. Training tutors is expensive; schools struggle with tracking student progress and monitoring tutors’ performance.

However, there is hope: many districts are using COVID-19 relief funding to pay for various interventions like tutoring. If schools can manage costs effectively and implement this strategy successfully during a pandemic outbreak, tutoring could become an essential strategy in reversing learning losses and reinstating previous years’ gains.

Replicated across all students, tutoring could become a powerful weapon against inequality in education. Parents from more affluent households already seek tutoring for their children, with research suggesting it accelerates academic gains in reading and mathematics. We must all ensure students in need can access these tutoring services by advocating for real accessibility.

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