24/7, high-dose tutoring gains momentum in Florida schools as superintendents address equity issues, pandemic ‘learning slide’
Nationwide, more than 180 school districts now offer free online Paper tutoring to over 1.5 million students
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, 22 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – High-dose, 24/7 online tutoring is gaining momentum in Florida, with nearly 215,000 students in Grades 6 to 12 now having access to personalized tutoring from Paper at no cost to student families, following recent decisions by the school board and several other districts. The expansion comes as school districts in Florida and across the country are seeking to close both long-standing equity gaps and the “learning slide” exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
the Palm Beach County, Martin County, and Putnam County school boards last week approved Paper for a total of 114,736 students. Over 100,000 Hillsborough County Grades 6 to 12 public school students use Paper since the fall.
âWe want to make sure that education is something that doesn’t just sit in the classroom and feels like a burden. It’s something you love to participate in, even at home,â noted Alexandria Ayala, member of the district 2 school board, Palm Beach County School district. “The loss of learning during the pandemic and the past year has been difficult. We are really looking for things to offer to increase their education,” she added.
The addition of Palm Beach County School district, coupled with Hillsborough County Public schools, means that two of the largest districts in Florida and the United States now offers students unlimited access to Paper tutors around the clock, in more than 200 subjects and four languages, including English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.
“The district is thrilled with the opportunity to provide 24/7 assistance to students, whether they need help with crash courses like physics or calculus, or a regular class like that sixth grade world geography, “said Diana fedderman, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Palm Beach County School district. “Real-time support will help students remedy any learning loss and accelerate their studies, and we look forward to seeing them grow.”
Momentum in Florida in recent weeks reflects a trend towards 24/7 tutoring across the country, from California at Ohio, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Nationally, more than 1.5 million students in 22 states have access to Paper. As of February 2020, Paper served less than 60,000 students, illustrating user base growth of over 2,000%. Over the past year, Paper has started supporting some of the country’s other biggest and most important school districts, including Columbus City Schools, OH, Atlanta Public schools, GA and Boston Public schools, MY.
Hillsborough Was the first Florida school district to adopt Paper for its 100,000 students in grades 6 to 12. In two months, students have submitted over 1,000 essays and average 200 tutoring sessions per day. Over 70% of the sessions took place after hours when one-on-one tutoring would not normally have been available.
âStudents stay awake until 12:30 am so I think the availability of that 24/7 support is really appealing because that’s how kids work and that’s how kids want. really work â said dr. Marie Blanche, director of programs and education, Martin County School district.
Philippe Coutelier, formerly teacher in Canada, Paper founded after finding that while most of its students need private tutoring, only around 10% could afford it. His company started with a mission to close this tutoring fairness gap by bringing it online through school district agreements that allow them to offer the service for a small fee per student per year.
With Paper, any student can connect with a tutor for on-demand academic support anytime, anywhere, with no limit on the length and number of tutoring sessions. Gaps in learning are not a new challenge for school district leaders, but school closures in the past two years since the start of the pandemic have increased the need for more services for students. This, along with the availability of federal dollars set aside to fill learning gaps related to the pandemic, has helped fuel growth in many states, including Florida.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed existing inequalities in education,” said Philippe Coutelier, co-founder and CEO of Paper. âStudents need support in the classroom and at home, and we’re committed to providing that support whenever they need it, in whatever subject matter they need help with. “
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