Policy & Funding
Tennessee Commits $200 Million to Student Tutoring
- By Dian Schaffhauser
than half of the school districts in Tennessee have signed on to
participate in a tutoring program designed to mitigate learning loss
and help accelerate student achievement. The program, the Tennessee
Accelerating Literacy and Learning Corps (TN ALL Corps),
will consume some $200 million in federal education stimulus funding
over the next three years and is expected to benefit 50,000 students
in the first year.
ALL Corps is a grant matching program, intended to "dramatically
increase" the amount of learning time students have. In the
initiative, they'll get access during the school year and in the
summer to qualified tutors in both English Language Arts (ELA) and
math, across all grades. This is projected to provide an additional
250 to 500 hours of academic instruction for each student over the
course of the three years and four summers the program is in effect.
will take place among small groups of students (a maximum of three
for grades 1-5 and a maximum of four in grades 6-8) in 30- to
45-minute sessions, twice or three times each week.
know high dosage, low-ratio tutoring works, and we are thrilled to
see over half of our districts sign up to participate in this program
that will help ensure Tennessee students are on track and on a path
to success," said Commissioner Penny Schwinn, in a statement.
are motivated to join the program, to satisfy federal requirements
related to the stimulus funding they've received, which specifies
that schools need to spend a minimum of 20% of their Elementary and
Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) 3.0 funding to address
TN ALL Corps, for every student tutored, the Tennessee
Department of Education will provide $700 per student
per year, while the district contributes $800. According to the
state, the financial match model covers at least 15% of district
students in grades 1-8 during the first year of the program.
the state emphasized the flexibility provided at the local level.
Districts determine staffing, scheduling, content and other details.
adopters have already ramped up their tutoring programs beginning in
fall 2021. The first official cohort launches in January 2022. A
second cohort will start in summer 2022.
Department of Education designated a partner
list, providing details for districts that voluntarily
choose to work with a third-party tutoring provider. They may also
use staff, local tutors and even volunteers for the work.
City Schools is excited to participate in TN ALL
Corps," noted Myra Newman, assistant director of schools for
Academics. "We see this as a great opportunity to help our
students to become academically proficient through high
dosage/low-ratio tutoring. Our goal is to provide grade-level,
standards-based tutoring in small groups throughout the school day to
accelerate our students' learning in grades first through eighth."
County Schools is thrilled to participate...because we
know it will help provide much needed supports for our students,"
added Breckan Duckworth, literacy officer for the district. "Our
schools, students and educators have worked and continue to work
extremely hard to close achievement gaps due to the pandemic.
Participating in TN ALL Corps will ensure our students have access to
qualified tutors and resources."
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.