Two-Minute Tip: What We Learned From the No Child Left Behind Tutoring Program

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EdWeek Market Brief Staff Writer Emma Kate Fittes recaps lessons learned on academic recovery during the No Child Left Behind era.

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Demand for one-on-one and small group tutoring remains high as educators scramble to accelerate learning and make up for losses caused by the pandemic. But for those scaling these services, it’s important to know this isn’t the nation’s first major tutoring effort.

More than half a million students received tutoring each year in the early 2000s through a federal mandate known as the Supplemental Educational Services program.

Ultimately, the effort, which was an integral part of the No Child Left Behind Act, did little to improve student outcomes and is now often described as a failed attempt.

In this Two-Minute Tip, EdWeek Market Brief Staff Writer Emma Kate Fittes recaps some of the important lessons learned from the troubled program — takeaways companies and districts should keep in mind today.

For more on what makes tutoring effective and where the No Child Left Behind effort fell short, see the full story here.

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