State-Funded High-Quality Tutoring Programs FAQ

Request to Participate


Request to Participate

Who is eligible to apply?
Public school districts, community schools and chartered nonpublic schools are eligible to apply for state-funded high-dosage tutoring.

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Who should complete the formal Request to Participate?
  • The district Superintendent (or a designee) should complete the request for all interested schools within the district,
  • The headmaster or school principal (or a designee) of Chartered Nonpublic Schools, should complete the request, or
  • The community school superintendent (or a designee) or school principal should complete the request.

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How do districts and schools apply to participate in the State-Funded High-Dosage Tutoring Program?
The Department will open a formal Request to Participate from Aug. 7 through Aug.15. Districts and schools should complete the form indicating interest in participation. Please see the Request to Participate worksheet for the required information.

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How do districts and schools select a tutoring provider?
There is a question on the Request to Participate form that asks districts and schools to indicate their preferred providers. Districts and schools will be given the option to be added to a waitlist for the preferred provider or select alternative provider(s) if the Department is unable to accommodate the first choice.

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Can districts or schools request to work with more than one high-dosage tutoring provider?
Requests for multiple providers will be considered. Each tutoring provider has different program requirements (e.g., onboarding, scheduling, rostering, reporting, technology platforms, etc.). Districts and schools should consider the local capacity to implement tutoring programs from multiple providers. Districts and schools considering multiple providers should contact tutoring@education.ohio.gov to discuss the application process.

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When will districts and schools receive notification of tutoring seat allocations?
Districts and schools will receive notification before Sept. 3, 2023

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Who will receive the notifications when districts and schools are selected?
The individual who completes the request will receive the notification.

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How will tutoring seats be allocated to districts and schools?
Due to limited funding, the Department will prioritize seat allocations by identifying the districts and schools that serve students most affected by the impacts of the pandemic in both mathematics and English language arts. If the requests exceed the available funding the Department will utilize a waitlist to allocate seats if additional funding becomes available.

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Can a district or school also opt into the Zearn Ohio mathematics initiative if they work with a high-dosage tutoring provider?
Yes, districts may opt for a high-dosage tutoring provider as well as Zearn. Districts and schools should ensure the capacity to implement all selected programming.

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How can a district or school identify tutoring opportunities for students if they are not selected to receive the grant?
Ohio has supported several tutoring initiatives through Future Forward Ohio in addition to the state-funded high-dosage tutoring program. Learn more about tutoring programs and supports for districts and schools.

Additionally, districts and schools are encouraged to leverage existing federal, state and local funds to implement tutoring programs and may procure services to do so.

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What if a student doesn’t show up for a scheduled tutoring session?
According to state policy, the Department can only pay for services rendered. Districts and schools should work with the tutoring provider to determine payment requirements for missed tutoring sessions. Each provider has policies regarding cancellation, including no-show fees and cancellation thresholds. Districts and schools may enter into supplemental contractual agreements with tutoring providers to address data-sharing, cancellation policies and any additional services not included in the state contract.

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Does the Department provide the curriculum or lesson plans?
No. Each tutoring vendor has developed a tutoring curriculum and/or program that meets the criteria established by the Department. More information about vendor qualifications and requirements can be viewed on the Approved Vendor Directory webpage. Districts and schools are encouraged to select a provider that offers a tutoring curriculum that meets local needs.

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Will the Department determine student-level eligibility criteria? What students can participate?
No. The Department will allocate tutoring “seats” based on requests by districts and schools. Working with the selected tutoring provider, district and school leadership will determine student-level participation in the program.

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Last Modified: 8/31/2023 9:19:02 AM