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

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

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

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

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

Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Tier 2 Reading Instruction for First-Grade Students With a High Probability of Reading Failure. (2014). Case, L., Speece, D., Silverman, R., Schatschneider, C., Montanaro, E., & Ritchey, K.. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 7(1), 28–53. https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2013.786771

The (Surprising) Efficacy of Academic and Behavioral Intervention with Disadvantaged Youth: Results from a Randomized Experiment in Chicago. (2014). Cook, P. J., Dodge, K., Farkas, G., Fryer, R., Guryan, J., Ludwig, J., Mayer, S., Pollack, H., & Steinberg, L.. National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.. https://econpapers.repec.org/paper/nbrnberwo/19862.htm

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

TextNow Transition Programme: Evaluation report and executive summary. (2014). Maxwell, B., Connolly, P., Demack, S., O’Hare, L., Stevens, A., & Clague, L. (2014). London: Education Endowment Foundation. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266599371_TextNow_Transition_Programme…

Efficacy of a First‐Grade Responsiveness‐to‐Intervention Prevention Model for Struggling Readers. (2013). Gilbert, J. K., Compton, D. L., Fuchs, D., Fuchs, L. S., Bouton, B., Barquero, L. A., & Cho, E.. Reading Research Quarterly, 48(2), 135–154. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.45

A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of Time to Read, a Volunteer Tutoring Program for 8- to 9-Year-Olds. (2013). Miller, S., & Connolly, P.. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(1), 23–37. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23356968

Efficacy of a First-Grade Responsiveness-to-Intervention Prevention Model for Struggling Readers. (2013). Gilbert, J. K., Compton, D. L., Fuchs, D., Fuchs, L. S., Bouton, B., Barquero, L. A., & Cho, E.. Reading Research Quarterly, 48(2), 135–154. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.45

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