New Analysis of Best Practices from State High-Impact Tutoring Programs

Charles Barone

February 23, 2022

New Analysis of Best Practices from State High-Impact Tutoring Programs
Five States Highlighted for Evidence-Based Strategies to Accelerate Student Learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 23, 2022)—As states seek to combat missed learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report highlights promising practices from five states for implementing high-impact tutoring (HIT), a proven strategy for accelerating student learning.

The report was jointly released by Education Reform Now (ERN), The Education Trust, and Future Ed, and shares blueprints for state tutoring programs based on those in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas.

“If implemented with fidelity, high-impact tutoring holds tremendous promise for not only helping students recover from interrupted learning during the pandemic, but in helping to close opportunity gaps for historically underserved students,” said Charles Barone, vice president for K-12 education policy at ERN. “We hope this analysis will facilitate knowledge-sharing among the 20 states who plan on implementing tutoring programs so that every child has access to high-quality instructional support.”

Each state highlighted has incorporated at least three of seven strategies that are proven to support student learning—particularly for historically underserved students. These include:

  • Statewide investments in creating a tutoring workforce
  • Research-based program guardrails
  • Publicly available resources for district and school leaders
  • Statewide professional development opportunities
  • Legislative action
  • Creation of central sources of information on state-approved, high-quality tutoring programs and vendors
  • Targeting services to schools’ most underserved students

“The federal government, through the American Rescue Plan, invested unprecedented resources for state and district leaders to re-envision education, especially for undeserved students,” said Allison Socol, assistant director of P-12 Policy for The Education Trust. “Targeted, intensive tutoring programs show promising results not just for addressing unfinished learning as a result of the pandemic, but for addressing longstanding inequities.”

“Well-designed tutoring programs can give students the academic help and personal connections many need to recover from the ravages of the pandemic,” added FutureEd Director Thomas Toch.

You can read the full analysis here.


About Education Reform Now
Education Reform Now (ERN) is a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank and advocacy organization that promotes increased resources and innovative reforms in K-16 public education, particularly for students of color and students from low-income families. We seek forward progress in public education—at the federal, state, and local level—developing and advocating for new, bold ideas and mutually reinforcing policies in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
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About The Education Trust
The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues. Learn more:

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About FutureEd
FutureEd is an independent, solution-oriented think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. We are committed to bringing fresh energy to the causes of excellence, equity, and efficiency in K-12 and higher education on behalf of the nation’s underserved students.
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