research and expertise

high-impact tutoring research

We invented high-impact tutoring as a core component of a school day, so that students can go deeper, teachers can move faster, and families can dream bigger. Several rigorous high-impact tutoring research evaluations found that students who received individualized math tutoring through Saga scored higher on exams, earned better grades, and were more likely to pass high school classes.

Saga meets national Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidenced-based standards and is approved for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or other Federal (Title) funds.


The Impressive Effects of Tutoring: A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Tutoring—defined here as one-on-one or small-group instructional programming by teachers, paraprofessionals, volunteers, or parents—is one of the most versatile and potentially transformative educational tools in use today. Within the past decade, dozens of preK-12 tutoring experiments have been conducted, varying widely in their approach, context, and cost. Our study represents the first systematic review and meta-analysis of these and earlier studies. We develop a framework for considering different types of programs to not only examine overall effects, but also explore how these effects vary by program characteristics and intervention context. We find that tutoring programs yield consistent and substantial positive impacts on learning outcomes, with an overall pooled effect size estimate of 0.37 SD. The following working paper was developed by researchers at the Adul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab North America, based out of MIT. Saga Education is one of the primary organizations highlighted throughout the report.

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The Economics of Scale-Up

Most randomized controlled trials (RCT) of social programs test interventions at modest scale. While the hope is that promising programs will be scaled up, we have few successful examples of this scale-up process in practice.

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