Who's tutoring the kids?
Now that Florida's adequate yearly progress ratings are out, parents should soon learn whether their children qualify for free after school tutoring under the No Child Left Behind Act.
The Title I schools that didn't make the mark will hold fairs where parents can meet the providers who are offering to work on their kids' skills after the school day ends. But how will they know whether they're choosing an effective tutor?
Florida has yet to comply with the NCLB rule that directs states to bar tutoring firms that fail for two consecutive years to increase the academic performance of the students they serve from participating in the program. The providers, in other words, don't get the same kind of report cards that the schools get.
That should change soon, though, thanks to the passage of SB 1414, which Gov. Crist signed into law a month ago. That law requires the Department of Education to grade all participating tutors on an A-F scale just like the schools.
A department spokeswoman tells the Gradebook that officials are working on the system and will report tutors' grades in March 2009, as required.