Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Phonics-based tutoring program for students grades K–3 with below-average reading skills
- Designed to be used by tutors without professional training, consists of scripted lessons in phonics skills
- Can be provided as in-school or after-school programming, as well as home instruction
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the second-highest level of evidence by the U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
- Demonstrated positive impacts on alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension
- Improved alphabetics by an average of 21 percentile points
- Improved fluency by an average of 19 percentile points
- Improved comprehension by 21 percentile points
Best practices in implementation
- Schedule a specific time teach day for tutoring appointments.
- Holding Sound Partners sessions every day helps build stronger relationships between tutors and students, helping achieve better outcomes.
- Design feedback loops to help tutors, who often have limited professional training, to adhere as closely as possible to the program model.
- Keep tutor schedules flexible to accommodate student after school activities or other obligations.