Selecting and Supporting Math Tutoring Programs: Recommendations for School Districts
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
School districts should consider the following recommendations when exploring tutoring programs and supporting their implementation:
- Consider in-person and virtual tutoring options—both can be effective.
- Monitor implementation and attendance regularly.
- Integrate tutoring into your regular school day.
- Identify tutoring providers that tailor professional development to their tutors’ level of experience and invest in student–tutor relationship building.
This brief describes four recommendations for school districts to consider when exploring potential tutoring programs and supporting their implementation. The recommendations are based on the results of evaluations conducted in the 2021–2022 school year as a part of the Middle Years Math project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The project examined a portfolio of eight tutoring programs and their effects on student knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs about math. The average effects of these tutoring programs were positive and meaningful, and multiple program models showed promise even though their key features varied significantly.