TutorSmart and YMCA deliver results in After-School Learning Club pilots at Riverside and Spring Elementary Schools

TOLEDO, Ohio, June 27, 2019 – TutorSmart and the YMCA of Greater Toledo have teamed up to deliver an academic lift to at-risk students at two local elementary schools. Results from the pilot showed students, on average, reduced an achievement gap in math by one-third after 40 hours of data-driven, individualized tutoring sessions in 10 weeks. See final data report here.

The pilot stemmed from joint effort of TutorSmart and the YMCA to develop a tutoring intervention model. The model is based on student-centered, continuous-improvement cycles and grounded in youth development theory.

With grants from the Oswald Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation and the FCA Foundation at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the YMCA and TutorSmart offered programming for 60 students at the two schools. Students received one-on-one tutoring, homework help, and an adaptive, individualized curriculum delivered on Chromebooks in one-hour sessions four days per week. They also received daily meals and enjoyed social and physical activities.

The program started by defining students’ academic strengths and weaknesses. That benchmark was used weekly to adjust to each student’s needs as they gained skills.

“TPS tutors used data from the online curriculum to tailor the sessions to each child. This led to accelerated growth for students engaged in our YMCA After-School Learning Club,” said Tiffany Adamski, Executive Director of TutorSmart Toledo.

The achievement gap was reduced for students through intentional, data-driven improvement cycles. Data shows, on average, students at the two sites were 18 months behind in math at the start of the program. That gap was reduced to 12 months after less than 40 hours of tutoring.

“The teachers and the staff did an amazing job of lifting these students in a very short period of time. We are looking forward to the fall when we will have a full year to work with more students,” said Adamski.

In the 2019-20 school year, the YMCA and TutorSmart will expand the use of the new tutoring model to impact more children.

“Providing kids with a safe place to learn while also promoting academic success continues to be our mission,” said Craig Palmer, vice president of youth development and educational initiatives, YMCA of Greater Toledo. “We’re excited about these pilot results from our joint efforts with TutorSmart, and we’re thankful for the support from TCF and the FCA Foundation.”

About TutorSmart

TutorSmart is a local, non-profit organization aimed at increasing access to effective, high quality after-school academic tutoring for at-risk students in the greater Toledo area. By building capacity in the after-school space to provide broadly accessible tutoring in Toledo, children won’t miss out on the critical academic supports they need to reach their academic potential. TutorSmart is working diligently alongside Toledo Public Schools, Aspire, and the United Way to leverage sustainable financial resources to expand access to effective programs like the YMCA After-School Learning Club, integrate best practices in intervention in all after-school tutoring programs and facilitate data-sharing and dialogue between community partners and stakeholders.

For more information on TutorSmart and how you can support its community efforts, visit the organization’s website at www.tutorsmart-toledo.org or follow them on Facebook.