Recently, I was asked by a regular reader of The Tutor Report who is a private music tutor and not from the teaching profession, exactly what Supplemental Education Services (SES) is, as he sees it mentioned in many of our blog posts!
Whilst I was overjoyed that The Tutor Report is reaching all members of the tutoring community I was a little shame faced that we had totally overlooked the fact that not everyone who takes advantage of our marketing tips and tricks and our tutoring business ideas on The Tutor Report would know what Supplemental Education Services is, or in some states, WAS!
So especially for Kimoro and our readers overseas, here are the basics:
What is SES?
Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is a free tutoring program brought in by the Bush Administration under the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act or NCLB. Supplemental Education Services are available to low-income students in schools that have been identified as “in need of improvement” under NCLB. The tutoring occurs before or after the regular school day and is provided by tutoring companies approved by the State where the tutoring will take place.
Note for our overseas readers: When we refer to the state, we are talking about the individual state such as Florida or California and not the worldwide use of the word state referring, in general, to the Federal Government.
Who is eligible to receive SES?
Students who have been measured as not being proficient in a core subject and receive free or reduced lunches in a school that has been deemed as “in need of improvement” are eligible to receive the free tutoring.
If demand outstrips funding the students are usually chosen based on need.
Do these tutoring services cost any money?
SES tutoring services are funded with Federal money. Each local School District is required to set aside a specific amount of money from their Federal Grant for Supplemental Education Services. Therefore, the tutoring is delivered to the individual students free of charge.
How many hours of tutoring does each student receive?
Each School District will decide a Per Pupil Allocation or PPA and the provider chosen by the parents will divide the PPA by their hourly rate to establish the Service Hours for each student
What subjects are covered by Supplemental Education Services?
Students can receive tutoring in the four core subjects of English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies, but nine times out of ten it will be English Language Arts or Math.
The tutoring company or outside testing agency will usually perform an assessment test from which a Learning Plan is written.
Very recently President Obama’s Administration has granted individual states a waiver from providing Supplemental Education Services for those states that have applied for such a waiver and have outlined how they will continue to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress for their at risk students. The first round of waivers have been granted and a second round is expected before the next school year. Some states that have received a waiver have announced plans to continue tutoring in some form other than that provided under Supplemental Education Services but everything is ‘up in the air’ at this time.
Naturally, this has left many Supplemental Education Services providers in a state of limbo not knowing whether they will be required to provide services in the 2012-2013 school year. The Tutor Report is dedicated to bringing up to date information to these Supplemental Education Service providers in this time of great uncertainty.
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