Opinion
Student Achievement Letter to the Editor

Road-Tested Tutoring Models Are Our Best Bet

March 08, 2022 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

If districts want to help students make meaningful academic gains, they need to invest in tutoring models that have been proven to accelerate student achievement. The article “Can Online Tutoring Help Schools Dig out of a Pandemic Learning Hole?” (Jan. 28. 2022) highlighted a new study regarding an online, volunteer tutoring program with college students that showed no significant impact on student achievement, having an effect size of .05.

The effect size, a meaningful indicator of gains a student is likely to make, is a crucial piece of information to consider when districts and schools are selecting tutoring models because students need our interventions to address months of lost learning. A recent report by McKinsey noted that students overall are about four months behind in math and three months behind in reading than in previous school years. More specifically, students in majority-Black schools are about five months behind in both subjects, which amounts to about 100 days of learning.

Using an established formula for understanding the relationship between standard deviation units and days of learning, a program would need an effect size of at least .17 to address this lost instruction. The pilot program’s .05 effect size is a drop in the bucket when we look at the magnitude of learning loss.

We have to bet on programs that promise big gains. There are a number of highly effective tutoring models that are replicable and scalable. School leaders would be better off choosing those.

Amanda Neitzel
ProvenTutoring.org
Deputy Director of Evidence Research
Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Md.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2022 edition of Education Week as Road-Tested Tutoring Models Are Our Best Bet

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School Climate & Safety Webinar
Praise for Improvement: Supporting Student Behavior through Positive Feedback and Interventions
Discover how PBIS teams and educators use evidence-based practices for student success.
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Management Webinar
Build a Digitally Responsive Educational Organization for Effective Digital-Age Learning
Chart a guided pathway to digital agility and build support for your organization’s mission and vision through dialogue and collaboration.
Content provided by Bluum
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Drive Instruction With Mastery-Based Assessment
Deliver the right data at the right time—in the right format—and empower better decisions.
Content provided by Instructure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Student Achievement From Our Research Center The Rise of Tutoring and Where It Falls Short, in Charts
It can be a powerful tool to support academic recovery, but it's not reaching all who need it.
2 min read
teacher tutor student librarian 1137620335
SDI Productions/E+
Student Achievement Opinion America’s Boys Are in Serious Trouble. Schools Can Help
Here are three imperatives to giving boys an education worth living for, from a teacher at an all-boys middle school.
Max Jacobs
4 min read
Illustration of male student with head on desk.
F. Sheehan for Education Week/Getty
Student Achievement 6 Takeaways for School Districts to Implement Effective Tutoring
What districts need to know for starting or scaling up tutoring.
2 min read
teacher student 1156352478
E+
Student Achievement Online Tutoring Can Be Effective, Research Shows
The findings are noteworthy as schools search for effective learning-recovery options.
3 min read
Charvi Goyal, 17, holds an online math tutoring session with a junior high student in January, 2021 in Plano, Texas. Goyal is part of a group of high school students that put together their own volunteer online tutoring service during the pandemic.
Charvi Goyal, 17, holds an online math tutoring session with a junior high student in January 2021 in Plano, Texas.
LM Otero/AP