2024 Tutoring Trends: Funding & Budgeting

2024 Tutoring Trends: Funding & Budgeting

Shaped by emerging trends and innovative approaches, the tutoring landscape in education is poised for significant transformations, Currently, Pearl is looking at trends in funding and budgeting allocations. Read on to learn our top 5 research-backed predictions for 2024.  

ARP ESSER Funding Cliff

The looming September 2024 ARP ESSER funding cliff will continue to generate a wave of concern, but amidst this, high-impact tutoring stands out as a beacon of hope. This evidence-based approach is key in addressing student learning loss. As the deadline nears, here are some funding trends in high-impact tutoring to watch.

Evidence-Based High-Impact Tutoring

School districts are increasingly adopting high-impact tutoring as an evidence-based, cost-effective strategy to support student learning post-federal funding (REL West, 2021).  As an example Accelerate.us has supported organizations that collectively serve more than 178,000 students and work with more than 30,000 tutors. At Pearl, our partners have successfully completed over 288,900 high-impact tutoring sessions in 2023, demonstrating a 212% increase from 2022.

Focus on High-Poverty Schools

High-impact tutoring is being prioritized in high-poverty schools to mitigate the impact of the ESSER fiscal cliff.  This is a critical focus as “…in high-poverty districts (over 75% poverty) the end of ESSER has a six percent impact on budgets, compared to two percent for districts serving more affluent students (under 25% poverty)” (Brookings, 2023.).

Budget Cuts

Without additional state investments, district budgets might face an average cut of $1,200 per student in the 2024-25 school year. This is due to a combination of declining enrollment and ESSER Funds. For an average high school with 850 students, this could amount to a loss of over $1 million. (The Education Trust, 2023)

Budget Realignment

Schools are increasingly adopting high-impact tutoring as a cost-effective strategy to preserve educational standards during times of financial pressure (Accelerate, 2023). Preliminary discovery into integrating high-impact tutoring within Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) shows potential benefits, including the early identification of learning gaps. This approach could reduce the need for more expensive interventions in subsequent grades, thereby curbing overall costs. With 900+ schools already using Pearl across all 50 states, the adoption of high-impact tutoring is clear. 

Equitable and Effective Planning

Integrating high-impact tutoring into strategic planning equitably and effectively is key for schools to address individual student needs during financial transitions (National Student Support Accelerator, 2021).  As an example Illinois has created pathways for districts to provide high-impact tutoring, funded by COVID-19 relief funds, and coordinated with higher education institutions to focus on K-8 math and literacy and high school math.  Also, Georgia invested $6 million in partnership with AmeriCorps to provide tutoring for up to 5,000 students, showing a commitment to integrating tutoring at a systemic level​. (National Student Support Accelerator, 2023)


Accelerate. (2023, August). Beyond Recovery: Funding High-Impact Tutoring for the Long-Term. Retrieved from https://accelerate.us/beyond-recovery/

Brookings. (2023, September). The ESSER fiscal cliff will have serious implications for student equity. Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-esser-fiscal-cliff-will-have-serious-implications-for-student-equity/

Council of Chief State School Officers. (n.d.). Road to Recovery: How States are Using Federal Relief Funding to Scale High-Impact Tutoring. https://learning.ccsso.org/road-to-recovery-how-states-are-using-federal-relief-funding-to-scale-high-impact-tutoring

The Education Trust. (2023, August 22). Running out of time: ESSER spending deadline looms and fiscal cliffs approach. The Education Trust. https://edtrust.org/press-release/running-out-of-time-esser-spending-deadline-looms-and-fiscal-cliffs-approach/

National Student Support Accelerator. (2021, May.). Equitable and Effective Planning for High-Impact Tutoring. Retrieved from https://studentsupportaccelerator.org/briefs/equitable-and-effective

National Student Support Accelerator. (2023, November). A snapshot of state tutoring policies. https://studentsupportaccelerator.org/briefs/snapshot-state-tutoring-policies

REL West. (2021, September). High-Quality Tutoring: An Evidence-Based Strategy to Tackle Learning Loss. Institute of Education Sciences. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/west/blog/tutoring-learning-loss.asp

Watershed Advisors. (2023, July.). Solutions that scale: How Watershed is supporting leaders to address America’s biggest education challenges. [PDF document]. Retrieved from https://watershed-advisors.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/TutoringCaseStudyv8.pdf

2023 Pearl Year-In-Review

2023 Pearl Year-In-Review

As we close out another year, we can say with 100% confidence that 2023 has been a wild ride!

At Pearl, we are grateful to all our Tutoring Partners, Ecosystem Partners, Pearl Team Members, and Instructors that have invested their time, energy, and commitment into fostering student success through both in-person and virtual high-impact tutoring.

“Weathering the Storm”: Federal Efforts Helped Bolster U.S. Education Standing Among Peer Nations

“Weathering the Storm”: Federal Efforts Helped Bolster U.S. Education Standing Among Peer Nations

Reposted from: The White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 5, 2023. The OECD released international testing data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The PISA measures 15-year-olds’ performance in math, science, and reading worldwide every three years.[1] The previous assessment was done in 2018 and the recent release was conducted in 2022–allowing for an examination of COVID’s impact on students and of global recovery efforts.

Read full article.


Pearl Tutoring and Ecosystem Partners:

Illinois Tutoring Initiative
National Student Support Accelerator

Pearl Research Affiliate:
National Partnership for Student Success

Gov. Youngkin’s announces millions to combat learning loss in Virginia

Gov. Youngkin’s announces millions to combat learning loss in Virginia

Original source: WSLS News 10, Roanoke VA

ROANOKE, Va. – Governor Glenn Youngkin wants to make sure students in Virginia succeed in the classroom.

Disappointed by the results of recent SOL test scores, his administration is investing millions to make sure children get the extra help they need.

“$418 million to combat learning loss, ” Governor Youngkin said at a press conference in early September.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announces money to help students achieve in the classroom after not doing well because of COVID-19 as part of his “All In Virginia.” The plan targets three areas which include addressing a statewide tutoring initiative.

“When I say intensive, I mean intensive focused on math and reading dealing with the foundational years from 3rd to 8th grade,” Youngkin said.

“I believe half the numbers of third through 8th graders are falling behind in reading,” CEO of Pearl John Failla said.

Failla and his team are working and state education leaders to develop a tutoring program to help those with learning loss.

PEARL works with universities like Johns Hopkins.

This is the first year that PEARL Leaders are working with school divisions across the Commonwealth to make their tutoring programs stronger to help those students who are behind.

“At the end of the day, there’s no time to waste here, if there’s a student that needs help today, and there’s no tutor in that community, I believe it’s imperative to get that student paired up with a virtual tutor,” Failla said.

10 News reached out to school divisions across the state and Lynchburg and Henry County Schools are planning to meet in a conference next week to review tutoring options.

Roanoke County Schools have a free online tutoring program called “Just in Time.” It provides students in grades 6-12 with an immediate online live tutor 24 hours per day/7 days a week.

If a student is struggling with independent work, they can get immediate help to get them unstuck, even if they are at home late at night.

“Making sure we target those students, we know who those students are specifically,” Dr. Ken Nicely said.

Viable Paths to Tutor Program Sustainability

Viable Paths to Tutor Program Sustainability

Original source: Accelerate.us

The recent Accelerate.us report “Beyond Recovery: Funding High-Impact Tutoring for the Long Term,” created in collaboration with the Federal Education Group, is a timely and essential document that tackles one of the most urgent challenges in the educational landscape today. At Pearl, we are constantly helping our partners capture the data to prove efficacy.  But, beyond that, leveraging the efficacy data to build pathways for sustainability is yet another matter.

Schools must grapple with the financial implications of sustaining the programs that have proven most effective in mitigating the pandemic’s impact on learning. High-impact tutoring stands out as one of those strategies, and this report provides valuable insights into how schools can navigate the murky waters of educational funding post-COVID and post-ESSER.

Apply for an ESSER extension. More information on that HERE.

ESSER Funds spending deadline approaching

ESSER Funds spending deadline approaching

Original source: ABC57 South Bend, IN

Schools across the country have a little less than a year to use remaining pandemic relief funds.ESSER Funds supported schools financially during the pandemic through the CARES Act of 2020.

As of July 2023, FutureEd says Indiana has spent 51% of ESSER funds, while Michigan has spent 61%.
Most states have used around 60% of their funds on average, leaving less than a year to make a spending plan before the money expires in September 2024.

FutureEd also reported in 2022 that almost half of school districts and charter schools planned to use ESSER funds towards tutoring programs.

Pearl is a tutoring platform that works with states and districts, helping to launch high-impact tutoring programs. These programs support long-term academic growth and help to curve the learning loss from the pandemic, which is a loss no other generation has really seen before.

Unfortunately, schools will need to find other ways to fund these crucial programs soon. There are 3 main funding buckets states can use to extend programs. Title 1 Funding focuses on schools experiencing a level of poverty to help students meet state academic standards.

Title 2 funding focuses on teacher development. It helps bring potential teachers into the classroom and give them real practice through tutoring.

The third is Part B of IDEA Funding, focused on students with disabilities.

To read more about the learning loss in the U.S, visit USA Today’s website.