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SES and Beyond: The promise and pitfalls of public-private sector relationships in educational services delivery

Thursday, April 10, 2014,

  • Location: Peabody Campus • 230 Appleton Place • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hobbs Bldg 100A

Carolyn Heinrich, University of Texas

School districts are spending millions on tutoring outside regular school day hours for economically and academically disadvantaged students in need of extra academic assistance. Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), parents of children in persistently low-performing schools were given choice in the private market of tutoring providers, and with school districts, the primary responsibility for holding providers accountable for performance.


In this seminar, one of the principal investigators will present findings from a multisite, mixed-method, longitudinal study of the impact of out-of-school time (OST) tutoring on student reading and mathematics achievement that links provider attributes and policy and program administration variables to tutoring program effectiveness.  The study finds that many students are not getting enough hours of high-quality, differentiated instruction to produce significant gains in their learning.  


The seminar will include a discussion of strategies and policy levers identified in the study that school districts can use to improve OST tutoring policy design and launch improved programs as waivers from NCLB are granted.


Link to related paper:




Additional publications: http://www.sesiq2.wceruw.org/papers.html