Guilford County Schools allocated nearly $10 million of its ESSER funds toward a high-dosage tutoring program, consisting of over 500 tutors and 4,000 students. This effort specifically uses data to identify participants through an algorithm that blends risk factors such as grades, test data, course failures, and absenteeism. The tutors work weekly with teachers by observing instruction, debriefing on students’ needs and progress, and planning next steps. Additionally, students work with the same tutor(s) over time to boost program effectiveness.
We are spotlighting this because high-dosage tutoring is one of the strongest investments states and districts are making nationally. This effort is all the more intriguing for its use of data to identify students at risk based on a variety of factors.