Friday, April 14, 2006

Logistics are hampering NCLB tutoring in DC

One of the provisions of the No Child Left Behind act is that students who attend schools that fail to meet academic requirements have the option to either transfer to another school or receive federally funded tutoring. In the District this means that roughly 30,000 students are eligible for this tutoring, with about 20% signing up to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, only ~4,500 of those students have been placed with tutors.
"There are definitely some logistical issues to the program," said Tamika Maultsby, program coordinator for the District's supplemental services, who said the total number of eligible students is closer to 24,000, and the small number of students receiving services is "definitely not something that's unique to D.C."

Miss Maultsby was referring to Department of Education reports that only 226,000 of about 2 million eligible students received tutoring nationwide in the 2003-04 school year, the most recent period for which statistics are available.

Beatriz Otero, executive director of the Columbia Heights-based nonprofit provider CentroNia, said the newness of the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program and a disconnect between tutoring providers and individual schools has led to "a system that still has lots of kinks in it."

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