Mar 2023

Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents

Jon Guryan Jens Ludwig Monica Bhatt Greg Stoddard

Read our academic paper on the early Saga studies published in the American Economic Review.

Improving academic outcomes for economically disadvantaged students has proven challenging, particularly for children at older ages. We present two large-scale randomized controlled trials of a high-dosage tutoring program delivered to secondary school students in Chicago. One innovation is to use paraprofessional tutors to hold down cost, thereby increasing scalability. Participating in math tutoring increases math test scores by 0.18 to 0.40 standard deviations and increases math and non-math course grades. These effects persist into future years. The data are consistent with increased personalization of instruction as a mechanism. The benefit-cost ratio is comparable to many successful early-childhood programs.

Read the full paper here.

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