US Dept of Ed. COVID-19 Guidance Feat. Saga

April 21, 2021


The US Department of Education’s Covid-19 guidance to districts on spending federal stimulus funds through Sept 2023 highlights Saga Education’s program standards and cites the research on our model in Chicago (see page 20). This federal recognition is a major milestone in Saga Education’s strategic agenda to inspire systems change.

“Most recently, a study from the University of Chicago Education Lab shows that personalized, intensive tutoring can double or triple the amount math high school students learn each year, increasing their grades and reducing course failures in both math and other subjects. The program included in the study reflects the previously described features of effective tutoring. Provided to students in the Chicago Public School system, 9th and 10th grade students received 45-50 minutes of personalized math instruction in groups of two students per tutor. Tutors worked closely with teachers, students, and families, complementing in-classroom learning to help students meet grade-level standards. The study shows that these student learning gains persisted over time and increased achievement in other courses. Investments in these kinds of approaches to tutoring can be particularly effective in addressing the impact of COVID-19.”

 The magnitude of the affects of COVID-19 on k-12 education in the U.S. and around the world is unprecedented. Saga Education is committed to extending its impact by providing resources, tools and support to organizations and schools districts ramping up their own tutoring programs. These are our first steps to increase our widespread impact:

Saga Coach: A free self-paced training portal for preservice tutors. It is grade and subject agnostic and focuses on key practices that are at the heart of being an effective and engaging tutor. Available May 1, 2021.

Saga Consult: Hands-on or light-touch technical support with program design and implementation.