If you’ve read the
screaming headlines lately such as “Duncan to Florida: Tutoring Doesn’t Work”
in Education Week, and similar articles in local papers across the
country, you might believe that the Secretary of Education thinks that tutoring
doesn’t work. I don’t think that’s true. Secretary Duncan is
actually questioning if tutoring done under the convoluted regulations of the Supplemental
Educational Services (SES) provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is
working. And he’s absolutely right, it isn’t working.
We know, after completing more than 8 million one-to-one on-demand sessions, that more than 90% of the students report they are more confident in school, completing more assignments and improving their grades. In 2009 we asked more than 1,000 students their attitudes toward tutoring and achievement. Here’s what they said:
Ø 86% of student respondents say they would be more likely to take an AP Course if they knew that an expert subject tutor was available to help them online, 24/7, one-to-one, and on-demand, any time they get stuck.
Ø 96% of student respondents say they believe that having an online tutor available whenever they need help would result in them being more ready for college.