Education Lab This math tutoring program gets 'blockbuster' results in high-poverty schools
Herchinger Rerport / January 29, 2020
By Tara Garcia Mathewson
The world’s wealthiest families have known for centuries how effective tutoring is. Private tutors long educated the aristocracy and continue to supplement the education of kids whose families can afford it. Now, a national nonprofit has found a way to get tutoring to kids from poorer families, too. And researchers have a growing body of evidence showing it’s incredibly effective.
Saga Education embeds tutoring into the school day. The nonprofit focuses on ninth grade math, a strong predictor of later success. Students who fail algebra in ninth grade are much more likely to drop out of school altogether, making it a particularly important time to get kids on track.