Low-income families can enroll their child in supplemental educational services if their child attends a Title I school that has been designated by the state to be in need of improvement for more than one year. The term “supplemental educational services” refers to free extra academic help, such as tutoring or remedial help, that is provided to students in subjects such as reading, language arts, and math. This extra help can be provided before or after school, on weekends, or in the summer.
Each State Education Agency is required to identify organizations that qualify to provide these services. Districts must make a list available to parents of state-approved supplemental educational services providers in the area and must let parents choose the provider that will best meet the educational needs of the child.
Providers of supplemental educational services may include nonprofit entities, for-profit entities, local educational agencies, public schools, public charter schools, private schools, public or private institutions of higher education, and faith-based organizations. Entities that would like to be included on the list of eligible providers must contact their state education agency and meet the criteria established by the state to be considered for the list of eligible providers.
Educational Solutions, LLC’s Supplemental Educational Services Grant
Educational Solutions, LLC was awarded a two year Supplemental Educational Services (SES) grant to provide literacy tutorial services for the District of Columbia. Educational Solutions, LLC provided these SES services for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years, receiving an “excellent” rating from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. As a part of the SES program, Educational Solutions, LLC completed normed pre- and post-testing assessments to determine student progress. Students completing at least 15 hours of one-on-one or group tutoring made significant gains in their phonics & phonemic awareness, reading fluency, and reading comprehension skills. Graphs summarizing student progress in both 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 are available below. Due to funding cuts in the SES program, Educational Solutions, LLC opted not to reapply as an SES provider in 2010-2011.