Goodrich: High schoolers can tutor younger students, earn credit

Lawmaker says new option could help fill in gaps created by e-learning

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 28, 2020) – When students begin school in the coming weeks, a new opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements will be available to high school juniors and seniors to tutor younger students, according to State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville). 

Goodrich said students can experience some form of learning loss over summer break, meaning they do not retain some of the lessons they learned the previous school year, but most are typically able to relearn these lessons quickly. However, because students participated in remote- or e-learning due to COVID-19, a recent NWEA report estimates some children could begin the 2020-2021 school year up to nearly a full grade level behind their peers in some subject areas. To help bridge this gap, Goodrich said schools can implement the Indiana Department of Education's newly developed Indiana Tutoring Fellowship, which will fulfill the Service-Based Learning Experience under Graduation Pathway Requirement #2.

"Learning loss is an issue that impacts both students and teachers after they come back to school in the fall following the summer break," said Goodrich, member of the House Education Committee. "With COVID-19 and having students participating in e-learning, some students need help catching up. This tutoring is beneficial to high school students who can earn credit, parents who may need some additional help with lessons, as well as teachers spending time getting everyone up to speed."

To be eligible to participate in this program, Goodrich said students must be a high school junior or senior, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be in good behavioral standing. The IDOE recommends tutoring sessions take place virtually, but if students are permitted to meet face-to-face, social distancing must be followed. Tutors will work with students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Goodrich said a 2017 law created Indiana's graduation pathways, which allows students to pursue opportunities that best meet their education and career goals. 

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State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,

which includes portions of Hamilton County.

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