Personalized Learning

High-dosage tutoring – defined as tutoring embedded during the school schedule that ensures students work consistently on individualized instructional content with their tutor throughout the school year – is among the most effective and cost-effective learning interventions studied to date. However, schools still face barriers to bringing high-dosage tutoring to all students who could benefit. We work in partnership with school districts to understand whether and how we can scale high-dosage tutoring programs to reach tens of thousands more students without compromising effectiveness.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing disparities in educational performance and attainment along race and class lines. Without dramatic intervention, we risk permanently reversing decades of steady, incremental progress in improving student outcomes. More importantly, we risk shortchanging students–primarily Black and low-income students–the opportunity to learn for decades to come. Despite the scale and gravity of the challenge, we know that there is an effective solution to address learning loss: high-dosage tutoring. Research by the Education Lab, in partnership with CPS and Saga Education, shows that when done well, this approach can double or even triple the rate of student learning.

The Education Lab, in partnership with MDRC and Saga Education, is helping districts scale and rigorously study high-dosage tutoring supports so that more students might benefit.

1-2.5 years

Our evaluation of Saga Education found that students who participated in Saga’s high-dosage tutoring program for a single year gained 1-2.5 years of additional learning compared to students who did not.

Related Projects
Personalized Learning Initiative
CURRENT

Personalized Learning Initiative

The Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI) is a moonshot to overcome pandemic learning loss and aims to bring high-dosage tutoring to students nationwide.

Personalized Learning Initiative: Tutor Corps Evaluation
CURRENT

Personalized Learning Initiative: Tutor Corps Evaluation

The University of Chicago Education Lab is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to scale personalized tutoring in the wake of the pandemic.

Unlocking Literacy Potential: Bridging the Gap for High School Readers
CURRENT

Unlocking Literacy Potential: Bridging the Gap for High School Readers

In 2020, the Education Lab partnered with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to rigorously design, test, and scale the impact of its Structured Literacy program on students’ reading proficiency levels.

Coaching with Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL)

Coaching with Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL)

The Education Lab partnered with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to pilot the Coaching with CAL program, which offers high-dosage tutoring to students through education technology platforms.

Related Resources
Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss
Academic Paper

Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss

Oct 2023

The Education Lab’s faculty co-directors, Dr. Jens Ludwig, professor at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Jon Guryan, professor at Northwestern University, published a paper commissioned by the Aspen Economic Strategy Group for its 2023 policy volume.

Personalized Learning Initiative Research Brief
Research Brief

Personalized Learning Initiative Research Brief

Aug 2023

Overview of the Personalized Learning Initiative, a nationwide R&D initiative to scale the benefits of tutoring.

Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents
Academic Paper

Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes Among Adolescents

Mar 2023

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

Coaching with Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL)
Research Brief

Coaching with Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL)

Jan 2022

An overview of the Coaching with Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL) program that aims to support math teachers of grades 3 to 9.

Latest Updates

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future
Event
City Club of Chicago
Feb 2024

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future

In this City Club of Chicago event, Education Lab Faculty Co-Director Jens Ludwig participated in a panel discussion on the importance of addressing the learning loss crisis to ensure Chicago’s students thrive.

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis
Op-Ed
The Chicago Tribune
Feb 2024

Jens Ludwig: Pandemic learning loss is Chicago’s next big crisis

Education Lab faculty co-director Dr. Jens Ludwig provides commentary on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ learning and a known solution for accelerating learning for Chicago students.

Working on Womanhood: Reducing PTSD among teen girls
Event
Harvard Public Health
Feb 2024

Working on Womanhood: Reducing PTSD among teen girls

Education Lab Senior Research Director Dr. Monica Bhatt joined a discussion moderated by Harvard Public Health with Youth Guidance and a Working on Womanhood (WOW) alum to share about the impact of the program on young girls’ mental health.