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Here are the tutoring programs available for Indianapolis students and how to access them

Families looking for tutoring services in Indiana may have options that are more readily available than ever.

Several tutoring programs have been rolled out this year to help students catch up on essential math and reading skills they lost or failed to learn during the pandemic, fueled by millions of federal relief dollars earmarked for the academic training.

Indiana isn’t alone in turning to tutoring. And the approach could attract even more attention after recent test results showed a drop in performance in maths and reading.

Indiana students’ National Assessment Educational Progress — or NAEP — scores showed a not unexpected result decrease from 2019. Students’ scores on the state test, ILEARN, also fell sharply from 2019 to 2021, before posting a slight rebound in 2022.

Although outside tutoring has always been an option, more and more schools are trying “high dose” targeted tutoring that pairs a few students with a regular tutor – an approach that has been linked to solid results.

Some programs are virtual and others studies suggest that the format also offers promising results.

The new programs also aim to provide access to more families by providing the funding. Some are free for families through their schools or the city of Indianapolis, while one offers parents up to $1,000 to spend on tutoring through a provider of their choice. .

Here are four programs available to Indianapolis students and how to apply.

After-school virtual tutoring for all IPS students

Indianapolis Public Schools is offering free after-school virtual tutoring for all students in district-operated schools. The program is offered by Tutored by Teachers. Students will meet virtually in small groups with a teacher for one hour each of math and English instruction.

Tutoring for the fall semester began on October 3, but application will reopen from November 28 to December 20 for the spring semester. More information is available here.

Virtual classroom tutoring for select IPS schools

IPS too announced in July that it would expand virtual tutoring during the school day to underperforming schools. Students are automatically in the program if they attend emerging schools in the district, which have low NWEA test scores and consecutive state failing grades.

  • Anna Brochhausen School 88
  • Brookside School 54
  • Charles Warren Fairbanks Schools 105
  • Christian Park School 82
  • Clarence Farrington School 61
  • Eleanor Skillen School 34
  • George S Buck 94 School
  • Magnet HL Harshman Math/Science & World Languages
  • James Russell Lowell School 51
  • James Whitcomb Riley School 43
  • North West Community High School
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58

Indiana Learns Grants for 4th and 5th Graders

Indiana is offering scholarships of at least $500 to fourth and fifth graders who qualify for subsidized meals and who tested their skills below both sections of last year’s state assessment . But students enrolled in some school districts could qualify for a matching grant and have up to $1,000 to spend on math and reading tutoring services.

This list of school districts initially included Gary, Greenwood, Knox, Penn-Harris-Madison, Mishawaka and Wawasee, and will be updated soon, according to the state Department of Education.

Indiana Learns launched on October 15. Families can verify their child’s eligibility and register for services here.

Circle City Readers

Unveiled by Indianapolis on October 11, Circle City Readers is intended to provide reading assistance to students in kindergarten through third grade. These students will meet with a tutor several times a week in small groups for literacy instruction at locations around the city, according to the Circle City Readers website. The city is funding the year-long program using $1 million in federal emergency funds and seeks to serve approximately 1,000 Marion County students.

The program is expected to launch in 2023, but families can indicate interest via a online form.

Aleksandra Appleton covers Indiana education policy and writes about K-12 schools across the state. Contact her at [email protected]

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