Tutoring Accountability Missing

K-12 Testing

NCLB has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into tutoring, much of it going to private firms. Because these services are not being evaluated, there is no evidence that students are receiving quality help. This was the finding of a study of 91 districts and 30 state departments of education by The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the American Institute for Social Justice, released in September.


Only six of 24 states, or 25 percent, had completed evaluations of performance data for students who obtained tutoring services. “This means that parents are choosing providers for their children right now without being able to tell if the children will be getting real help with their academics,” the report said.


The report also found many eligible students are excluded for reasons including: confusing or inadequate information, inconveniently located service providers, and too much paperwork. In some cases, students were excluded because they lacked home computers, which would be necessary to access the online tutoring services that are considered of acceptable quality by NCLB guidelines.