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FREE Guide Provides Advice For Implementing Effective NCLB Free Tutoring Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement is pleased to offer a new guide on implementing free tutoring programs, titled Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Services Programs. Under No Child Left Behind, if a school does not meet its state-defined academic achievement targets for three consecutive years, low-income students are eligible to receive free tutoring.

Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Services Programs shares practical advice and concrete examples from five school districts that have been successful in creating and expanding free tutoring programs and making them work for students and parents. The Toledo Public Schools, for example, created a parent outreach campaign to target parents whose children were eligible for free tutoring. Principals and teachers met with parents to encourage them to enroll, and the district's Title I Education Center provided parents with flyers and applications in English and Spanish during school events. Satisfied parents have begun spreading the word themselves. After the parent outreach campaign, Toledo enrolled 500 students in supplemental educational services, compared to 96 the year before.

The advice provided in this guide on implementing free tutoring programs covers four basic actions, suggesting the "first steps " to take and how to "go deeper." The four key actions discussed are:

  • Embracing the Spirit of Supplemental Educational Services;
  • Building Relationships with Providers;
  • Reaching Out to Inform Parents; and
  • Setting Clear Goals and Tracking Progress.

To order a free copy of Creating Strong Supplemental Educational Services Programs:

  • Call the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Order online at:; or
  • Write to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

Those interested in ordering multiple copies for use by their school district can do so by:

This publication is also available online.


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