Intensive Tutoring Proves Effective for Chicago Youth
February 3, 2015 | Grantee Publications | MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions
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Participants in Match Education, an intensive tutoring and mentoring program for low-income Chicago youth, performed substantially better on tests and failed less frequently in multiple academic areas, according to a preliminary evaluation of the program by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Evaluation researchers assert that the large variance in student achievement in public school systems creates a “mismatch” between the types of support that many youth need to succeed in school and what most education interventions provide. Match’s model of high intensity individualized math tutoring – two-on-one instruction for an hour a day – allows students to catch up to grade level and reengage with regular classroom instruction.

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