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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Effectiveness of an extracurricular program for struggling readers: A comparative study with parent tutors and volunteer tutors Learning and Instruction. (2019). Villiger, C., Hauri, S., Tettenborn, A., Hartmann, E., Näpflin, C., Hugener, I., & Niggli, A.. Learning and Instruction, 60, 54–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.11.004

Effectiveness of an extracurricular program for struggling readers: A comparative study with parent tutors and volunteer tutors. (2019). Villiger, C., Hauri, S., Tettenborn, A., Hartmann, E., Näpflin, C., Hugener, I., & Niggli, A.. Learning and Instruction, 60, 54–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2018.11.004

Evaluation of a math intervention program implemented with community support. (2019). Parker, D. C., Nelson, P. M., Zaslofsky, A. F., Kanive, R., Foegen, A., Kaiser, P., & Heisted, D.. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 12(3), 391–412. https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2019.1571653

Efficacy of a Word- and Text-Based Intervention for Students With Significant Reading Difficulties. (2019). Vaughn, S., Roberts, G. J., Miciak, J., Taylor, P., & Fletcher, J. M.. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 52(1), 31–44. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022219418775113

A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Descubriendo la Lectura. (2019). Borman, G. D., Borman, T. H., Park, S. J., & Houghton, S.. American Educational Research Journal. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0002831219890612

Does an integrated focus on fractions and decimals improve at-risk students’ rational number magnitude performance?. (2019). Malone, A. S., Fuchs, L. S., Sterba, S. K., Fuchs, D., & Foreman-Murray, L.. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 59, 101782. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED595127

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/

Testing the efficacy of a kindergarten mathematics intervention by small group size. (2017). Clarke, B., Doabler, C. T., Kosty, D., Kurtz Nelson, E., Smolkowski, K., Fien, H., & Turtura, J. . AERA Open, 3(2), 2332858417706899. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858417706899

Effects of a year long supplemental reading intervention for students with reading difficulties in fourth grade. (2017). Wanzek, J., Petscher, Y., Otaiba, S. A., Rivas, B. K., Jones, F. G., Kent, S. C., Schatschneider, C., & Mehta, P.. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109(8), 1103–1119. https://doi.org/10.1037/edu0000184

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

Examining the efficacy of a tier 2 kindergarten mathematics intervention. (2016). Clarke, B., Doabler, C. T., Smolkowski, K., Baker, S. K., Fien, H., & Strand Cary, M. . Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49(2), 152–165. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022219414538514

Effects of tutorial interventions in mathematics and attention for low-performing preschool children. (2016). Barnes, M. A., Klein, A., Swank, P., Starkey, P., McCandliss, B., Flynn, K., ... & Roberts, G.. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1115262.pdf

Testing the efficacy of a tier 2 mathematics intervention: A conceptual replication study. (2016). Doabler, C. T., Clarke, B., Kosty, D. B., Kurtz-Nelson, E., Fien, H., Smolkowski, K., & Baker, S. K.. Exceptional Children, 83(1), 92–110. https://doi.org/10.1177/0014402916660084

Reading Recovery: An Evaluation of the Four-Year i3 Scale-Up. (2016). May, H., Sirinides, P. M., Gray, A., & Goldsworthy, H.. CPRE Research Reports. https://repository.upenn.edu/cpre_researchreports/81/

Effects of intervention to improve at-risk fourth graders' understanding, calculations, and word problems with fractions . (2016). Fuchs, L. S., Schumacher, R. F., Long, J., Jessica, N., Malone, A. S., Amber, W., & ... Changas, P. . Elementary School Journal, 116(4), 625–651. doi:10.1080/19345747.2015.1123336

Fraction intervention for students with mathematics difficulties: Lessons learned from five randomized controlled trials. (2016). Fuchs, L. S., Malone, A. S., Schumacher, R. F., Namkung, J., & Wang, A. . Journal of Learning Disabilities, 50(6), 631–639. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022219416677249

REACH: Evaluation report and executive summary. (2016). Sibieta, L. . London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED581275

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