Leveraging High-Dosage Tutoring Using ESSER Liquidation Extension

Leveraging High-Dosage Tutoring using ESSER liquidation extension 


As the education sector navigates through the complexities of recovering from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an urgent need for innovative solutions to address learning loss and academic disparities. One such solution that holds tremendous promise is high-dosage tutoring, a proven method to provide targeted support to students in need. Implementing high-dosage tutoring programs can be a game-changer in ensuring educational equity and student success. 


With the September deadline looming for districts to spend ESSER funds, The Department of Education will now allow for an additional 14-month liquidation extension for districts to carry out contracts for approved activities provided the obligations are made before September 30, 2024. With this extension, a district can contract with Smart Start Education for tutoring and receive services and liquidate funds for an additional 18-months beyond the September 30, 2024 deadline (the initial 120-day liquidation period plus the 14-month liquidation extension). 

It’s important to note that obtaining a liquidation extension requires grantees to submit necessary information and gain approval from the Department. However, this extension underscores the commitment to supporting educational initiatives beyond the initial timeline. With SmartStart’s comprehensive tutoring programs, schools can still utilize ESSER funding to provide students with the targeted support they need to succeed academically, even as the deadline approaches.  

High-dosage tutoring involves intensive and personalized support delivered to students, typically in small groups, over an extended period. Unlike traditional tutoring models, high-dosage tutoring goes beyond remediation by offering sustained academic engagement aimed at accelerating learning and closing achievement gaps. This approach has garnered significant attention for its ability to produce substantial gains in student outcomes, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 


SmartStart Education, LLC, a leading academic solutions provider, recognizes the transformative potential of high-dosage tutoring and has integrated it into its comprehensive suite of educational offerings. By partnering with districts and schools, SmartStart leverages its experienced educators to deliver tailored tutoring programs that meet the unique needs of students across grade levels. 


In the current landscape, where districts are grappling with the challenges of accessing and allocating ESSER funding, investing in high-dosage tutoring may seem daunting. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. Here’s why: 


  • Targeted Intervention: High-dosage tutoring allows educators to target specific areas of need for each student, whether it’s literacy, numeracy, or other foundational skills. By focusing on individualized learning goals, students receive the support they need to thrive academically. 
  • Consistent Support: Unlike sporadic tutoring sessions, high-dosage tutoring offers consistent and sustained support over an extended period. This continuity fosters trust and rapport between students and tutors, creating an environment conducive to learning. 
  • Data-Driven Approach: SmartStart’s tutoring programs are backed by data analytics, allowing educators to monitor student progress closely and adjust instruction as needed. This data-driven approach ensures that interventions are effective and aligned with students’ evolving needs. 
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Whether delivered in-person or online, high-dosage tutoring offers flexibility to accommodate diverse learning environments and student preferences. This adaptability is particularly crucial in the current landscape, where hybrid and remote learning models are prevalent. 
  • Equity and Inclusion: By prioritizing students who are most at risk of falling behind, high-dosage tutoring promotes equity and inclusion in education. SmartStart’s commitment to serving diverse student populations ensures that no child is left behind, regardless of their socioeconomic background or learning challenges. 


In conclusion, while accessing ESSER funding may present challenges, investing in high-dosage tutoring is a strategic and impactful solution to address learning loss and promote academic success. By partnering with innovative organizations like SmartStart Education, LLC, districts and schools can leverage the power of high-dosage tutoring to build a brighter future for all students.