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High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Grants for Tutoring Programming, Strategic Program Supports, and Program Evaluation Services

The deadline of 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022, for the HIT grants has expired.

Over the next three years, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will lead a major $40 million investment in scaling and supporting high-impact tutoring (HIT) across the District, with a particular focus on at-risk students and other students who have experienced disrupted instruction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This investment is a core part of the city’s recovery strategy, given the strong body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of high-impact tutoring as an intervention that can produce dramatic gains in student learning. Through this investment, OSSE strives to accelerate learning for these students over the next three years.

As part of this initiative, OSSE is releasing up to $20 million in funding to support existing successful evidence-based tutoring programs to scale; support experienced evidence-based tutoring programs that can demonstrate the ability to deliver a new tutoring program to serve students in grades pre-K-12, and provide funding to organizations delivering strategic program supports and program evaluation services for high-impact tutoring.

Please see table below for details on available award types and eligibility:

Award Type and Eligible Recipients Anticipated Number of Awards Maximum Award Amount Eligibility Requirements
Scaling High-Impact Tutoring Programming award type: Nonprofits and businesses planning to offer high-impact tutoring programming directly to District students at three or more school or non-school sites, and to at least 150 students. For purposes of this RFA, “scaling” means expanding an existing tutoring program with evidence of success to more students. 5-10 $1.75M
  • Have a primary vision and program focus on delivering student interventions that help students reach academic outcomes.
  • Have a demonstrated history of success (at least three years) providing tutoring programming, which must include academic support that extends beyond “homework help” or supervised study halls.
  • Have at least three years of experience serving students in the target program population described in the RFA, either in the District or elsewhere.
Planning and Launch Grant award type: Nonprofits and businesses who wish to begin offering tutoring programming in the District for the first time and need funding to set up operations prior to offering programming, or who wish to develop and launch new tutoring programming not previously offered by the organization (e.g., an elementary school tutoring program looking to expand into middle school, or a literacy-focused program looking to expand to offering math tutoring). To qualify for a Planning and Launch Grant, applicants must propose a program of no longer than 12 months in which a maximum of six months will be used to plan and launch the proposed program, and at least six months will be used to deliver direct tutoring services to District students. Applicants who execute a successful Planning and Launch grant may apply for a Scaling grant in future cohorts of this grant competition. 5 $500,000
  • Have a primary vision and program focus on delivering student interventions that help students reach academic outcomes.
  • Have a demonstrated history of success (at least three years) providing tutoring programming, which must include academic support that extends beyond “homework help” or supervised study halls.
  • Have at least three years of experience serving students in the target program population described in the RFA, either in the District or elsewhere.
Strategic Program Support award type: Nonprofits and businesses with demonstrated expertise in providing strategic supports to organizations and/or schools operating high-impact tutoring programs, including providing intensive training and professional development on setting up and/or strengthening high-impact tutoring programs; supports for recruiting and training tutors; supports for new tutoring organizations or organizations launching new tutoring programming; supports for non-school sites to run effective high-impact tutoring; and creation of high-quality materials for organizations to use to implement tutoring. 1 $8M
  • Have a demonstrated history of success (at least one year) providing strategic program supports to organizations and/or schools operating high-impact tutoring programs, including providing all of the following:
    • Intensive training and professional development on setting up high-impact tutoring programs;
    • Supports for recruiting and training tutors;
    • Supports for new tutoring organizations or organizations launching new tutoring programming;
    • Supports for non-school sites to run effective high-impact tutoring; and
    • Creation of high-quality materials for organizations to use to implement tutoring.
    • Experience supporting tutoring programs other than high-impact tutoring will not count toward the applicant’s total experience.
  • Have a primary vision and program focus on reaching District students with high-quality programming that helps students reach academic outcomes.
  • Have at least five years of experience delivering supports and programming that serve students in the District and in the target program population described in the RFA.
Program Evaluation Services award type: Nonprofits and businesses with demonstrated expertise conducting experimental and/or quasi-experimental program evaluations of high-impact tutoring initiatives to conduct a multi-year program evaluation of the effectiveness of high-impact tutoring in the District. 1 $500,000
  • Have at least one prior example of evaluating high-impact tutoring programming in urban settings and/or for low-income students of color. Experience evaluating tutoring programs other than high-impact tutoring will not count toward the applicant’s total experience.
  • Have experience in executing at least three evaluation projects of educational programs which meet the standards for evaluation research in the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 4.1, available at ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/handbooks
  • Have at least two prior examples of conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of student educational outcomes. This may include measures such as attendance, test scores, or graduation rates, among others.
  • Have at least two prior examples of conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of student educational outcomes. This may include measures such as attendance, test scores, or graduation rates, among others.

 

High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) Grant Contact Information

Charlotte Nugent, HIT Program Manager, [email protected]

Grant Application Documents and Links

Sign Up for HIT Grant Events

All events are optional but recommended for grant applicants. The content for pre-application webinars 1 and 2 will be the same.

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