This Fall, Tutors for All continued our partnership with the Mass General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement by offering academic support in core subjects to scholars in 10th-12th grade who had been identified as needing extra academic support. In addition, graduates of the MGH scholars program were given the option to continue receiving academic support from our coaches (MGH program term for tutors).
Over the course of nine weeks, scholars were coached for two hours a week in math, literacy, or science. Tutors for All used curriculum created in house and tailored to the specific needs of scholars by their coaches. At the beginning of the Fall, scholars set goals for the semester with their coaches with the focus on improving their math skills, improving their reading skills, or improving their overall GPA.
At the end of the semester, scholars who had focused on reading or math skills took assessements to see how much they learned. Six scholars took the math assessment (GMADE) and three scholars took the reading assessment (GRADE). Scholars grew an impressive average of 2.23 grade levels on their exams. We even had one student who grew 5.4 grade levels on her GMADE and is now testing on grade level as a 10th Grade student.
This graph breaks down the growth by assessment. Scholars taking the math assessment began lower, with an average Grade Equivalency (GE) of 5.85 compared to 7.23 on the reading assessment. They also showed more growth, 2.37 grade levels compared to 1.97. Math assessment scores ended with an average GE of 8.22, and reading with an average GE of 9.20.
When we asked the scholars about why they grew so much, they talked about their coaches. One student said, “I would like thank her a lot for all of these new methods and words. I appreciate all she has done for me and I really love being here because of her.” Another student told us, “Thank you so much [to the coach] for having the time and patience with me.”
When I asked Luisa Baginski, the MGH Program Manager about the growth, she said, “I was privileged to witness consistent effort on behalf of scholars and coaches this semester, and I am proud – although not surprised – at the results they have achieved.”
We look forward to seeing more growth from our scholars this Spring. If you have any interest in coaching an MGH Scholar this semester, there are still a few positions available so make sure to apply!
-Elizabeth Marshall, Tutor Support Coordinator