Federally funded tutoring improved reading and math scores for students in some large cities, according to an independent study for the Department of Education.
Under No Child Left Behind, students in schools that miss progress goals for three years in a row are eligible for tutoring.
The tutoring provisions in the law have been criticized by teachers’ unions, which complain that tutors don’t have to meet the same licensing requirements as regular teachers. In addition, some school district officials object to the law’s requirement that they use up to 20 percent of their federal aid funds for poor students to pay for tutoring, or for transporting the children out of failing schools.
Tutoring costs from $800 to $2,000 per student.