October 31, 2008

Parents Decline Forced Offer of Free Tutoring

by Cludia Lauer – clauer@thesunnews.com as originally appearing in The Sun News MyrtleBeachOnline on 10/2/08

After failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act three or more years in a row, some local schools must continue to offer free private tutoring to low-income students.

Eight schools in the Grand Strand are required to provide tutoring, according to a release issued Wednesday from the state Education Department. Last year in Horry County, 181 out of 2,318 eligible students enrolled in the free tutoring. In Georgetown County, 325 students took advantage. The number of eligible students in Georgetown County was unavailable Wednesday afternoon.

Watching federal standards rise and the Adequate Yearly Progress results drop in recent years, Horry and Georgetown county school districts are concerned that – as in years past – few students will take advantage of the tutoring designed to help raise test scores.

School officials said many parents who turned down the free program said they could not provide transportation to or from the sessions, which are often offered at schools or at community centers.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Government,NCLB

October 24, 2008

Tutors: How to Become a Word Problem Hero

Originally published by americalearns in its "Global Strategy of the Month"

Picture a fourth grader.  You’re helping her with math homework one day and she is presented with a word problem.  She reads it and tells you that she doesn’t understand it.  She begins to feel bored.  Her focus disappears.  You’re feeling confused because the student knows how to solve this type of problem.

You should ask yourself, "What would Patrick Tenbrink do?"

Patrick is a junior at Duke University majoring in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy.  He’s currently taking an educational psychology service learning course through Duke’s Program in Education that requires students to volunteer as tutors. 

Patrick created an awesome strategy just for this type of situation.


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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,K-8,Tutoring Practices

October 17, 2008

Congress Considers Expanding FSA Accounts to Tutoring Services

by Nalini Lasiewicz, Registrar, Crossroads of Learning

In an effort to make tutoring more accessible, U.S Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) recently introduced S 3655 legislation to expand the availability of affordable tutoring services. The "Affordable Tutoring for Our Children Act" would enable employees to access their dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA) to pay for supplemental instructional services.

"As our nation’s middle-class families struggle to make ends meet, this legislation would ensure that no child is forgotten when it comes to academics" said Senator Snowe. "A sound education for every American child is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity of our society, both now and in the future. Yet, as we are all acutely aware, not every child learns at the same pace, nor in the same manner, and some face unique challenges that cannot be overcome simply in a typical classroom setting. Today’s bill aims to level the playing field, so that all children have the best educational experience possible."


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Filed under: Funding,Government

October 4, 2008

Washington: Don’t Take Back Funds for Tutoring Programs

Originally published in the CourierPostOnline.com on October 2nd, 2008

Washington shouldn’t make school districts return unspent funds; it should support efforts to better use the money.

With international surveys showing U.S. students lagging ever further behind their global peers, it is imperative for school officials to get more eligible children enrolled in federally backed tutoring programs.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, about 2 million pupils a year are eligible for free tutoring in math and language arts. Yet, 83 percent of eligible students don’t participate for a variety of reasons that must be addressed.

To make matters worse, federal officials are expected to force school districts to return unused tutoring funds, money used in many financially distressed districts to cover other school expenses.

It might make sense to insist that school districts spend tutoring money on helping students improve their academic skills. But it doesn’t move the nation toward the goal of shoring up students’ weak academic skills if administrators use the money on nonacademic expenses.

So, a program in Mullica Hill to provide an at-risk summer tutoring program for students is a good use of unspent No Child Left Behind tutoring money and ought to be allowed.

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Filed under: NCLB

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