Research Database

This tool allows education practitioners and researchers to quickly access quantitative research on tutoring program effectiveness. These 150+ research studies were selected due to their rigorous research designs which align with What Works Clearinghouse and Every Student Succeeds Act standards for moderate and strong evidence of intervention efficacy. Many studies were originally identified by their inclusion in recent meta-analyses (Baye et al., 2018; Neitzel et al., 2021; Nichow et al., 2020). Research may be sorted by grade level, subject, and tutor type in order to explore the evidence base for particular program designs. This database does not include qualitative research on best practices for tutoring implementation, for which we recommend exploring our District Playbook and Toolkit for Tutoring Programs.

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Improving working memory Evaluation report and executive summary. (2019). Wright, W. Dorsett, R., Anders, J., Buzzeo, J, Runge, J., & Sanders, M.. London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/qxvvq/improving-working-memo…

Maths Counts Evaluation report and executive summary . (2018). See, B. H., Morris, R., Gorard S. G., Siddiqui, N.. London: Education Endowment Foundation. http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/118127/

Leveraging Volunteers: An Experimental Evaluation of a Tutoring Program for Struggling Readers. (2016). Jacob, R., Armstrong, C., Bowden, A. B., & Pan, Y.. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 9(1), 67–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2016.1138560

The effect of tutoring with nonstandard equations for students with mathematics difficulty. (2015). Powell, S. R., Driver, M. K., & Julian, T. E.. Journal of Learning Disabilities. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2015-36636-006

Durham shared maths project. (2015). Lloyd, C., Edovald, T., Morris, S., Kiss, Z., Skipp, A., & Haywood, S. . London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/161892207.pdf

An experimental evaluation of guided reading and explicit interventions for primary-grade students at-risk for reading difficulties. (2014). Denton, C. A., Fletcher, J. M., Taylor, W. P., Barth, A. E., & Vaughn, S.. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 7(3), 268–293. https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2014.906010

Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program. (2014). Markovitz, C. E., Hernandez, M. W., Hedberg, E. C., & Silberglitt, B.. Corporation for National and Community Service. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED560018.pdf

Catch Up® Numeracy Evaluation Report and Executive Summary . (2014). Rutt, S., Easton, C., & Stacey, O. . London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://www.nfer.ac.uk/publications/EFCU01/EFCU01.pdf

Intensive Reading Remediation in Grade 2 or 3: Are There Effects a Decade Later?. (2014). Blachman, B. A., Schatschneider, C., Fletcher, J. M., Murray, M. S., Munger, K. A., & Vaughn, M. G.. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(1), 46–57. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0033663

A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers. (2013). Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Russell, D., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., & O’Brien, A.. Review of Education. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3016

A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers . (2013). Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Russell, D., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., & O’Brien, A. . Review of Education, 1(3), 254–280. https://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3016

Efficacy of the Leveled Literacyeracy Intervention System for K–2 urban students: An empirical evaluation of LLI in Denver Public Schools. (2013). Ransford-Kaldon, C. R., Ross, C. L., Lee, C. C., Sutton Flynt, E., Franceschini, L. A., & Zoblotsky, T. A.. Memphis, TN: Center for Research in Educational Policy.. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Study/85470

The effect of the experience corps® program on student reading outcomes . (2012). Lee, Y. S., Morrow-Howell, N., Jonson-Reid, M., & McCrary, S. .. Education and Urban Society, 44(1), 97–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013124510381262

The Effect of the Experience Corps® Program on Student Reading Outcomes. (2012). Lee, Y. S., Morrow-Howell, N., Jonson-Reid, M., & McCrary, S.. Education and Urban Society, 44(1), 97–118. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013124510381262

Pearson Words Their Way: Word study in action: Intervention efficacy study final report . (2011). Eddy, R. M., Ruitman, H. T., Hankel, N., Matelski, M. H., & Schmalstig, M. . La Verne, CA: Cobblestone Applied Research

Implementation of effective intervention: An empirical study to evaluate the efficacy of fountas & pinnell’s leveled literacy intervention system . (2010). Ransford-Kaldon, C. R., Flynt, E. S., Ross, C. L., Franceschini, L., Zoblotsky, T., Huang, Y., & Gallagher, B.. Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP). https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED544374

Supplemental Fluency Intervention and Determinants of Reading Outcomes. (2009). Vadasy, P. F., & Sanders, E. A.. Scientific Studies of Reading, 13(5), 383–425. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888430903162894