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
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