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Decisions, Decisions: Navigating Tutoring Options

District leaders ask, should we develop our district’s tutoring program internally, partner with external providers, or take a hybrid approach? Use this decision tree to understand how your district's context has implications for your approach.


Key Decision Point

Should we develop our district’s tutoring program internally, partner with external providers, or take a hybrid approach?

Keep in Mind

When determining if and what to partner for externally, your district does not need to take an all-or-nothing approach. While some districts opt to take a mostly internal approach (see: Lenoir City Schools Case Study), and others prefer to contract with external partners (see: Chicago Public Schools Case Study), many districts take a hybrid approach. In doing so, they partner externally for one or more components that would be most challenging or resource-intensive to handle internally (e.g. tutor recruitment), while handling other components within the district (e.g. program management, instructional materials, tutor training).

If you’re thinking about implementing a new program or expanding your existing tutoring efforts, consider this decision tree to determine if, and what, to contract externally:

Series of Yes/No questions that help a district decide on hiring external help.

Citation: NSSA (High-Impact Tutoring: District Playbook Workbook)->


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