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Funding High-Dosage Tutoring for Student Success

Many school districts are positioning high-dosage tutoring as a key investment in their COVID-relief plans to combat learning loss—and for good reason. Research shows that effective tutoring programs have a high ROI and can move the needle quickly on student outcomes.

Our downloadable guide offers district leaders guidance for investing remaining ESSER funds in sustainable tutoring programs. The guide includes concrete examples of successful staffing and scheduling models and explores strategies for implementing successful programs.


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What Is High-Dosage Tutoring?

"High-dosage” tutoring is tutoring that takes place for at least 30-60 minutes each day, three days a week for at least 10 weeks, in groups of one to four students. District leaders can adjust these guidelines based on student age; elementary students, for example, may benefit from shorter, more frequent sessions. 

This tutoring should take place during the school day to maximize student attendance and engagement.

High-Dosage Tutoring Research and Benefits

  • Research shows that “high-dosage” tutoring can be one of the most effective ways to improve student learning.
  • Tutoring leads to learning gains across all grades and subjects, particularly early literacy and high school math.
  • High-dosage tutoring can increase student learning by three to 15 months.

How to Spend ESSER Funds to Sustainably Invest in Tutoring

Federal stimulus funds provide an opportunity to address students’ current needs and build toward lasting improvement. Plan ESSER investments with long-term sustainability in mind.

Tutoring will require investment across multiple cost components, including:

  • Deciding who provides tutoring and when tutoring takes place.
  • Providing tutors with training, ongoing support, and collaboration time with classroom teachers.
  • Investing in program development and management.
  • Using high-quality tutoring materials that align with classroom instruction.
  • Creating systems for assessing and monitoring tutoring progress.

Download Our High-Dosage Tutoring Guide to:

  • Better understand high-dosage tutoring and its research-based benefits.
  • Learn how to sustainably invest one-time funding, like ESSER, into tutoring. 
  • Learn how to strategically schedule and staff for high-dosage tutoring.
  • Learn about common tutoring challenges and research-based approaches to overcome them.

Our strategy guide, “Using ESSER Funds for High-Dosage Tutoring,” helps district leaders lay the groundwork for
sustainable and effective long-term, high-dosage tutoring programs.



Additional Resources and Real-World Examples of High-Dosage Tutoring


DISTRICT STORY: Building Toward Effective High-Dosage Tutoring Programs: Lessons Learned From Three Successful Districts

See how Dallas ISD, Indianapolis Public Schools, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools implemented high-dosage tutoring programs to accelerate student learning. Learn more.


Getting Real About Tutoring: Research-Informed Options for Navigating Barriers to Moving From ESSER Plans to Real Implementation

ERS' ESSER Strategy Network—a cross-district learning community—and tutoring researcher Professor Matthew Kraft identify strategies for navigating some of the biggest barriers that districts are facing right now around designing and implementing a tutoring strategy. Learn more.


Using ESSER Funds for Tutoring: Q&A Session with Dr. Frank Barnes, Chief Accountability Officer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Many districts are using ESSER funds to invest in high-dosage tutoring programs as a way to combat learning loss caused by the pandemic. Hear from Frank Barnes, Chief Accountability Officer at CMS, to learn more about how this strategy has worked in his district. Learn more.

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