Creates TN Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps, a matching grant opportunity to empower districts to implement or strengthen tutoring supports for students in low ratios and at a high dosage, with TN ALL Corps tutoring occurring for small groups of students in 30–45-minute sessions, two to three times per week. For every student tutored, the department will provide $700 per student per year, while a district contributes $800 per year per student. This amount covers at least 15% of district students in 1st – 8th grades in year one.
Districts select the structure of tutoring, the staffing, and the students served, with the goal of providing high dosage low ratio tutoring. For additional flexibility, districts can choose when to launch TN ALL Corps programming, as an early adopter in August and September 2021 or as part of the year one cohort in January 2022. Districts also have the option of launching in the year two cohort during the Summer of 2022.
Requires the state to create optional Tennessee Universal Math and Universal Reading Screeners, to measure student progress and may be used to develop growth scores for teacher evaluations and satisfy the requirements for RTI and dyslexia screeners. Funding is unknown at this point in time.
Requires local education agencies and public charter schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss. The total cost of after-school learning mini-camps is estimated to be $69,300,000 in each year FY20-21 and FY21-22 and $55,129,200 in FY 22-23 and subsequent years. The primary classroom cost, including the teacher stipend and overhead, is estimated to be $1,400 per week.