What We Do
All of our work is grounded in research and is centered around Best Practices for Tutoring Programs. The Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence is a collaborative of 18 tutoring programs dedicated to providing high-quality academic supports to students in Saint Paul. We strive to improve the quality of tutoring by providing tutors and tutoring programs with training, professional development, program development, evaluation and recruitment support.
We support community-based nonprofit youth programs who have joined the Tutoring Partnership to improve the quality of academic supports for the students they serve. See a list of our Tutoring Partners and learn more about how to join the partnership. Already a partner? Check out the list of upcoming professional development opportunities on our events calendar!
We provide VISTA members to select SPPS school sites to coordinate tutoring with volunteers from the community. Learn more about school-based tutoring and our volunteer opportunities!
Why It Matters
Saint Paul's standardized test results reveal an achievement gap that falls along racial and socioeconomic lines. All of the minority groups (American-Indian, American-Asian, Latino, African-American, special education and English language learners) averaged less than 50% proficiency in both reading and math in 2011. Research shows that proficiency in reading by third grade and algebra by eighth grade is an indicator of long-term student success. We need to provide students with academic supports that supplement their everyday learning in order to maximize their potential.
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What's Our Impact
We are making gains for more than 6,500 students tutored through the Tutoring Partnership. Students tutored through the Tutoring Partnership show greater academic growth in one year compared to students not receiving tutoring.
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