Texas Students Participating in FEV Tutor Sessions Attain Higher Growth Scores on NWEA MAP Growth Assessments

A Texas Education Agency-approved tutoring provider, FEV Tutor is proving to substantially close learning gaps through its high-dosage, online tutoring model that serves as an extension of classroom instruction

WOBURN, Mass. – Oct. 5, 2022 – During the 2021-22 academic year, more than 31,500 students in 52 local districts and charter schools across Texas participated in tutoring delivered by FEV Tutor, a comprehensive, research-based, virtual tutoring solution for K-12. According to NWEA MAP Growth assessments for English language arts (ELA) and math, students who participated in recommended dosages of online tutoring sessions demonstrated an average of 47% accelerated growth relative to nonparticipants. Additionally, the students who were furthest behind were the most likely to benefit from the tutoring.

“Outcomes matter,” said FEV Tutor Executive Vice President and Co-Founder Ryan Patenuade. “For more than a decade, FEV Tutor’s research and evidence-based interventions have been dedicated to helping students and supporting classroom educators change academic outcomes, and these recent analysis findings reflect our continued commitment to deliver irrefutable gains that matter to districts. These outcomes make a profound difference in the lives of their students.”

FEV Tutor, a pioneer in direct-to-K12 district online tutoring, was approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to be a full-service member of the state’s new Vetted Texas Tutoring Corps (VTTC) in 2021. The corps is an initiative aimed at accelerating student learning through high-impact tutoring. All VTTC members are vetted to ensure they have the research-based criteria for high-impact tutoring. Full-service VTTC members, like FEV Tutor, provide end-to-end services including instructional materials, tutoring platforms, and trained tutors.

The just-released TEA impact analysis was conducted by independent researchers from JoinIn Ventures who examined fall 2021 and spring 2022 MAP Growth assessment results. In the case of Texas math students who were more than one year below grade level in fall 2021 and who received 16 or more tutoring sessions with FEV Tutor, results grew an average of 8.63 points. Math students who began the fall at a comparable level but did not receive tutoring saw scores grow by an average of 7.72 points.

The difference in learning gains was even more significant for ELA students. Those who were more than one grade level behind in fall 2021 and received 16 or more FEV Tutor sessions boosted scores by an average of 9.30 points. Their non-FEV peers reported an average increase of just 7.36 points.

The impact analysis also examined how the number of tutoring sessions affected learning gains. More than 7,600 students in Texas received math tutoring through FEV Tutor. Students who participated in only six to 10 FEV Tutor sessions improved their scores by 7.60 points on average. In comparison, students who took part in 16-20 sessions and 21-25 sessions improved scores by an average of 8.53 and 9.23 points, respectively.

“More is more,” said Ector County ISD’s Bowie Middle School Principal, Amy Russell. “By delivering ongoing, customized learning plans tied to specific curriculum goals and initiatives via a high-dosage tutoring model, we are seeing dramatic results that are helping our students close their achievement gaps more quickly.”

About FEV Tutor

Based in Boston, FEV Tutor is the leading Level 2 ESSA research and evidence-based online tutoring platform working nationally to effect change in K-12 education. Its intervention programs are strategically designed in close collaboration with each partner school, district, charter school, and other organizations to accelerate learning for every student.  FEV Tutor leverages technology to deliver 1:1 high-impact and transformative personalized learning pathways through live, virtual tutoring sessions. For more information on FEV Tutor, visit fevtutor.com or follow on Twitter

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