February 1, 2016

CA schools freed from costly after-school tutoring mandate

Original article in KPCC by Annie Gilbertson.

California's schools are no longer required to send students to pricey for-profit and nonprofit tutoring providers, state education officials announced Monday afternoon.

California joined more than 40 states granted a waiver by the US Department of Education from sanctions established under No Child Left Behind, which mandated schools that failed to post higher test scores for low-income students pay for outside, after-school tutoring.

Nearly 700 California districts spent $142 million on tutoring last school year, despite studies showing the providers returned small or insignificant improvement in student achievement.

"We wanted the flexibility," Tom Torlakson, state superintendent, told KPCC. "The money will be more effectively invested."

Federal officials are working with all states to begin early implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which passed in December and overhauls NCLB over next couple years.

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