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How High-Dosage Tutoring Can Accelerate Academic Progress

Schools and districts nationwide are experiencing Covid-19 learning loss, evidenced by falling test scores. High-dose tutoring may help restore academic progress while speeding it along further.

Tutoring programs differ from after-school homework assistance and parental help by featuring small student groups that meet several times per week and are guided by research-driven strategies using gold standard randomized experiments as the foundation of their programming.

Personalized Learning

High-dose tutoring programs vary, but most are created to accommodate students with various learning needs. They often include frequent one-on-one tutoring sessions with diagnostic assessments used to detect gaps in student knowledge. Furthermore, these programs have systems in place for communicating with classroom teachers to ensure tutoring fits with classroom instruction, and regular evaluation of student progress is conducted.

These programs emphasize relationship building between tutors and students to foster close bonds that allow for open discussion of learning challenges. Furthermore, strategies are implemented to encourage attendance such as scheduling tutoring sessions during school day hours or using tools like snap surveys and online scavenger hunts to boost attendance rates.

Even with this evidence of effectiveness, many schools still struggle with effectively implementing high-dose tutoring strategies. With COVID relief funds diminishing rapidly, schools will need to plan for how best to scale these interventions as soon as they begin. Early adopters of such strategies have provided valuable lessons on optimizing tutoring for maximum impact.

Accelerated Learning

Academic success depends upon students learning at a pace that suits their unique learning style. Accelerated learning strategies engage students through hands-on activities that incorporate movement and utilize both left and right brain hemispheres for optimal learning results.

Studies show that intensive tutoring can yield significant learning gains for students across disciplines. Intensive tutoring typically involves small groups meeting three or more times weekly with a trained tutor for three-on-three instruction.

Schools can implement accelerated learning by creating a vision and infrastructure for accessible high-dosage tutoring that’s available to all students. Furthermore, using data analysis effectively to monitor student progress as well as identify academically at-risk learners will also play a vital role.

Districts can utilize tutoring programs to target tutoring programs to specific at-risk student populations, such as multilingual learners or those with disabilities. Finally, districts may partner with researchers to assess the efficacy of accelerated learning for their individual student populations – helping inform programming decisions for future programs while providing evidence base to leverage COVID relief funds or other school improvement resources.

Learning Loss Recovery

Many schools were left struggling to address learning loss during COVID lockdowns and school closures, but growing research supports high-impact tutoring as an effective strategy to overcome learning loss. By pairing students with highly trained and consistent tutors for three to fifteen months of 30- to 60-minute weekly sessions over time, tutoring is known to quickly recover up to 15 weeks worth of classroom instruction lost.

To remain financially sustainable, programs must prove their impact – which requires collecting robust yet actionable data. A great place to start collecting this information is through tutoring software which offers easy data collection of student and tutor performance measurements.

The National Student Support Accelerator and Educator Union Leaders have collaborated to create a toolkit for district leaders looking to bring high-dose tutoring into their schools. It includes strategies for building support, navigating obstacles and bargaining implications, as well as finding potential new funding streams. Click here to access it! Emily Anderson of Carnegie Learning’s marketing manager team lives for those moments in her classroom when students experience learning something that changes their lives;

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) equips children who feel isolated or anxious with core competencies such as self-control and empathy that help ensure academic and life success.

High-impact tutoring occurs in subject areas like Algebra I and middle school math, with sessions typically lasting 45 minutes each that take place three or more times weekly. A maximum of four students typically participate with one instructor per session.

Schools need to show that their program is successful by showing evidence of student academic growth. To do this, programs should collect and analyze data such as formal and casual formative assessments alongside student, teacher, and tutor feedback.

To maximize the impact of any program, it is recommended to hire tutors who were once classroom teachers themselves. This ensures they possess an in-depth knowledge of scope, sequence and content while knowing how to foster engagement through building relationships with their pupils.

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