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Priority Overview

High-impact tutoring (HIT) is one of the most effective interventions to accelerate learning for kindergarten through twelfth grade students in need of additional supports, and particularly for those students who are economically disadvantaged. OSSE is providing evidence-based HIT services to students across the District during the 2024-25 school year, with a focus on those students who are furthest from opportunity.

For questions, please contact the HIT team at [email protected].

Top Things to Know
  • High-impact tutoring (HIT) is a research-based learning acceleration strategy that teaches students in a one-on-one or small group setting and supplements, but does not replace, students’ classroom experiences. To learn more about how OSSE defines HIT programs, and how it is distinct from other forms of tutoring, we encourage you to review the OSSE HIT Guide

  • A large body of research indicates that HIT is one of the most effective interventions available to accelerate learning and can provide students with equivalent of 3-15 additional months of schooling. 

  • OSSE invested approximately 33 million dollars over the course of three school years (2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24) into expanding and strengthening HIT programs to at least 10% of DC public school and public charter school students, with a focus on serving students who were below grade level academically and those who are identified as economically disadvantaged. 

  • OSSE's HIT programs reached the goal of serving 10% of DC students by December 31, 2024, and we are currently analyzing data to determine how many more students received HIT by the end of the school year. Early evidence from OSSE’s partner CityTutor DC shows that HIT is working for our DC students. More students who received adequate dosage of HIT sessions reached their growth goals on interim assessments than those students who are not in HIT programs. Additionally, there is evidence that HIT improves attendance in DC, with students less likely to be absent on days they have HIT sessions scheduled.  

  • In the upcoming 2024-25 school year, OSSE is investing in HIT yet again by funding local education agencies (LEAs) to launch, strengthen and grow in-house HIT programs. Additionally, OSSE is awarding contracts to quality tutoring providers to partner with schools to offer HIT programs for students during and after the school day. Check out the HIT Caregiver Toolkit, developed by OSSE’s HIT partner CityTutor DC, to learn more about HIT and how you can access HIT programs for your children/students

Key Dates & Deadlines

FY25 High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) LEA Grant - Request for Application (RFA) 

  • July 17, 2024 – LEA grant application window opens 
  • Aug 16, 2024 – Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline 
  • Aug 28, 2024 – deadline to submit the LEA Hit Grant Application