STATEHOUSE (Aug. 31, 2020) – This new school year, State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) said there are opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to tutor young students in order to fulfill graduation requirements.
Pressel 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, Pressel 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.
"Because every student learns differently, some may require additional attention to fully comprehend the material," Pressel said. "This tutoring opportunity is perfect for any junior or senior wanting to dedicate their time to helping younger kids, especially if they are considering teaching as a possible career path. They can gain critical skills that can help them prepare for their future."
To be eligible to participate in this program, Pressel 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.
Pressel supported the 2017 law creating Indiana's graduation pathways, which allows students to pursue opportunities that best meet their education and career goals.
To implement a tutoring program, schools can apply for a federal grant through the CARES Act. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Sept. 4, and can be found online at doe.in.gov/grants/title-iv.
Visit doe.in.gov/graduation-pathways for more information.
State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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