Education Lab Using Technology to Scale High Dosage Tutoring

Previous research from the University of Chicago Education Lab has shown that high-dosage tutoring is one of the most effective education interventions to help students advance even if they are behind grade level. Our research has shown that one year of Saga Education’s traditional, 2:1 high-dosage tutoring model improves a student’s math learning by an additional two to three years. While we know the traditional Saga tutoring model is effective, the cost of providing every two students with one tutor is cost-prohibitive for many school districts. Thus, even though high-dosage tutoring has been shown to be effective, many districts cannot implement this program at the scale needed. 

New research from the University of Chicago Education Lab shows that Saga Education’s blended-learning high dosage tutoring model, which introduces the use of an education technology platform in addition to in-person tutoring, provides similar gains in student math achievement as the traditional Saga tutoring model. The program reaches more students by increasing the student to tutor ratio to 4:1, and by using education technology platforms to also personalize instruction. In the blended learning model, students split their time between working in-person with a tutor and on an education technology platform.  With this blended model, we find students who participated in Saga’s blended-learning model gain an extra one to two years of additional math learning, when compared to students who did not participate. These results are promising, as they show that it is possible to scale up high-dosage tutoring by lowering the cost of the intervention while still preserving its effectiveness.

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