Accelerating Learning through High-Quality Tutoring Programs


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High-Quality Tutoring Programs

Data from the 2021-2022 school year show the major impact that the pandemic had on student learning in Ohio. State assessment results indicate that historically underserved students experienced the greatest decreases in learning as a result of the pandemic. Student performance was significantly impacted, as in other states. Data on the 2022-2023 Ohio School Report Cards illustrate consistent growth while highlighting areas of continued focus. Student proficiency is rising but still not up to pre-pandemic levels. Ohio is committed to providing intensive supports to accelerate learning for students who have been impacted by the events of the past few years and has invested federal funds in three priorities as part of Future Forward Ohio: addressing obstacles to learning, accelerating learning and preparing students for future success.
High-dosage tutoring is an effective tool to accelerate learning. According to the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, high-dosage tutoring is defined as “more than three days per week or at a rate of at least 50 hours over 36 weeks.” That research shows high-dosage tutoring can produce “large learning gains for a wide range of students, including those who have fallen behind academically.” High-dosage tutoring increased achievement “by roughly an additional three to 15 months of learning across grade levels.”
Ohio has invested in high-dosage tutoring through the Statewide Mathematics and Literacy Grant and the State-Funded High-Dosage Tutoring Program. In addition, Ohio districts received more than $6.8 billion in federal COVID relief funds that can be utilized through Sept. 30, 2024 on tutoring and other programs to help students recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Ohio House Bill 583 (134th GA) requires the development of a list of tutoring programs that the Department considers to be of high quality and have the potential to accelerate learning for students in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, which is the purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Respondents to this RFQ must provide a comprehensive tutoring program that includes the six Key Components of High-Quality Tutoring (see p. 2), including high-quality instructional materials aligned to Ohio’s learning standards and quality tutors.
While the list of high-quality programs is intended to be a helpful resource, schools and districts are best equipped to know the specific needs of students and select appropriate tutoring programs and may select any tutoring provider of their choice, including providers not on the list.
No school district or school shall be required to use a tutoring program on the list unless participating in a grant program or funding opportunity for which it is required.

Application Timelines

Current Application Timeline

The current application window is open from Jan. 3, 2024 through Jan. 31, 2024.  All applications should be submitted to by 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 31st.

Application Information

The Department has provided an application template to assist in the organization of the information required in the application. Use of the template is required.

To be considered for the list, the application and appendices must be submitted to The electronic version must include all required components. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Initial Application Timeline

The Department posted the initial list of tutoring programs on the Department's website on October 1, 2022.

  • RFQ High-quality tutoring program application available: Friday, August 12, 2022
  • Application deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022
  • High-quality tutoring program list published: Friday, September 30, 2022

All applications considered for the initial list, were submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9, 2022, to The electronic version must include all required components. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Last Modified: 1/3/2024 11:07:23 AM