About SES


Why are Supplemental Educational Services (SES) important?

SES provides low income families with high quality tutoring and after-school services to help their child succeed.These services are paid 100% by the state government through funding received through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and offer low income families numerous tutoring options in Math, Reading, Language Arts, etc.

The SES program gives low-income families the opportunity to choose FREE tutoring services for their children. The program offers children who may be struggling in school a chance to get the extra academic help and individual instruction they need to improve their performance.

SES Programs provide students a safe, nurturing environment outside of school.

The U.S. Department of Education's "SES Non-Regulatory Guidance" offers more details on implementing SES.


What are supplemental educational services?

Supplemental educational services (SES ) are free tutoring services that must be offered to low-income children who attend a Title I school that fails to make progress for three years (in its second year of "school improvement status").

Low-income students are generally those who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

SES Programs provide students a safe, nurturing environment outside of school.

These services offer students extra help in academic subjects such as reading, language arts, and mathematics. SES services are provided outside the regular school day—before or after school, on weekends, or in the summer.


Who can receive SES?

Students that are from low income households, receive free or reduced-price lunch and attend Title I schools that have not made adequate yearly progress for at least three years are eligible for free tutoring services.

As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, states are required to set definitions of adequate yearly progress (AYP), the minimum performance standards that districts and schools must reach every year on state achievement tests. Title I schools that do not achieve AYP for at least three years must offer SES to students. These schools must continue to offer SES to their students until the school shows adequate yearly progress for two years in a row. If the demand for SES exceeds available funds, districts may give priority to the lowest achieving eligible students.

School districts are required to tell families whether their children are eligible for SES. However, sometimes eligible families are still not aware that their child can receive free after-school services.

Please click Do I qualify? for more information.


How does SES work?

Once a state has identified a school as "in need of improvement" for two or more years, the school district determines which students in that school are eligible for services. The school district will then notify eligible families about their ability to obtain free tutoring. The district will also provide information about the local SES providers to allow families to review their options for tutoring assistance. The parents or guardians are allowed to choose the provider that best meets their needs for tutoring assistance.

If families ask for assistance, a district may assist in choosing a provider. Once a family selects that SES provider, the school district will enter into a contract with the chosen provider and the family receives tutoring services at no charge. The school district pays the provider 100% for tutoring services that are provided. In some cases the school district may not have enough funds to provide SES to all eligible students and in that case the school district must give priority to the lowest-achieving students.

Each state has a list of approved SES providers that are allowed to offer services to school districts and families within those districts. States choose providers that can offer tutoring programs that are in line with state standards, which offer high-quality, research-based tutoring, and have a demonstrated record of success.

Once a family chooses a provider, the provider, the school, and the district meet with the parents to agree on performance goals for the child and a schedule for services.


Who monitors SES providers for quality?

Each state, in cooperation with the local school districts, monitors the quality of SES providers that provide services. These states develop and apply objective criteria to evaluate providers and monitor the quality of services that are provided.

If a provider has not helped students improve achievement for two or more years, states are required to remove that provider from the state list or approved providers. School districts are required to provide states with information to help monitor the performance of state-approved providers.

Families can also monitor their child's performance against performance goals set with the provider, the school, and the district.

I think the tutoring program helped me a lot and made learning fun for me. I also got to learn new things and made me become a better person. I just want to say thanks.

Brown, Darnell, Jefferson, AR

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