Tutoring 101

  • June 3, 2012 - 7:13 PM

Who is eligible for Supplemental Educational Services?

There are typically two criteria: Students must qualify for the free and reduced lunch program and attend a school with a high proportion of low-income students that has failed to make adequate yearly progress for three or more years. Low academic achievers receive priority if too many students enroll for the available number of slots.

Who pays for it? Schools must pay for tutoring with federal assistance that would typically go to other programs for low-income families.

Who picks the tutor? Parents make the selection. They can ask school officials for help, but officials are not supposed to steer parents to specific providers.

What is the goal of the tutoring program? To narrow the achievement gap by increasing student proficiency in math, reading, science and language arts.

For a breakdown of complaints against the 10 most popular tutoring services in Minnesota, plus a video of reporter Jeffrey Meitrodt discussing his findings, visit


Sunday: A billion-dollar tutoring program aimed at helping low-income students at America's worst schools is plagued by fraud and mismanagement. Students are paying the price.

Tuesday: Minnesota bars tutoring firms from offering incentives worth more than $50. So why are online vendors giving pricey computers to low-income families?

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