Case for Action

The COVID-19 pandemic has widened existing educational inequities, impacting students in significant ways. The pandemic has shuttered schools across the nation, causing extended disrupted learning for over 50 million public school students and putting at risk their preparation and future opportunities.

The Need

Already, researchers estimate that students have experienced between six and twelve months of learning loss.

  • This learning loss disproportionately impacts low income and minority students — the same students who experience staggering achievement gaps compared to their more privileged peers, even under ordinary circumstances.
  • Recent studies show that high-impact tutoring is one of the few academic interventions proven to provide significant learning gains for students in need.

An Untapped Resource

Our country currently has almost 20 million under- and unemployed people from whom potential tutors could be drawn.

  • Enlisting and training high-impact tutors will lead to student learning gains; but it may also have the corollary benefit of attracting a more diverse group of people to the teaching field.
  • A more diverse teacher pipeline would lead to a workforce that better reflects the diversity of our student population. More than 50% of public school students are nonwhite, yet our teacher workforce remains less than 20% nonwhite.
  • Our public schools need over 250,000 new educators each year, just to replace those leaving the field.

The Solution

The National Student Support Accelerator will ensure that all students in need have access to high-impact tutoring by:

  • Leading continuous improvement and learning including testing and evaluating tutoring models through pilots in districts across the nation.
  • Developing evidence-based tools and technical assistance for both educational institutions and tutoring organizations to improve existing tutoring programs and create new ones.
  • Creating a community of practice for all entities involved in tutoring, enabling them to learn from one another, establish a systematic method for assessing quality, and further develop the field.