Indiana Department of Education Launches Statewide Math and English/Language Tutoring Grant Program | Local News
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced the launch of Indiana Learns, a statewide grant program that will provide eligible families with up to $1,000 to spend on high-dose math and English/language arts courses and approved out-of-school academic programs for their students. The goal of the initiative is to increase access to effective, out-of-school academic support to help students recover from the learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1251 to create a family micro-grants program that could provide additional academic support to students most academically impacted by the COVID pandemic. -19. IDOE chose The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization, as a partner to manage the two-year program.
Findings from a study conducted by the National Assessment Center in conjunction with the IDOE show that students experienced a moderate to significant academic impact in English/Language Arts and a significant impact in Mathematics as a result of school disruptions. learning related to the pandemic. After a year of intensive support, the results show that learning stabilizes or recovers for many students. However, proficiency rates for specific student populations, including black, Hispanic, English-learner, low-income, and students with disabilities, remain significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels as well as their grade-level peers. school.
To be eligible for an Indiana Learns Tutoring Scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria:
• Legally reside in Indiana,
• Be enrolled in an accredited traditional public, charter or non-public school,
• Qualify for the free or reduced federal lunch, and
• Have scored below Proficiency in Mathematics and English/Language Arts on ILEARN as a third or fourth year student in 2022.
Note: The competency approach will not qualify.
Once a family registers with IndianaLearns.org, they can manage their account and find participating learning partners on an online platform that will be available by Saturday, October 1. The platform will also include support resources.
Funds can be used for approved virtual and in-person tutoring opportunities listed on the online platform. Examples of eligible expenses are private tuition, small group classes, or education-focused camps held during school vacations.
Schools and funding match
All qualified and participating students will receive a one-time $500 scholarship. Traditional public, charter, and accredited non-public schools in Indiana have the opportunity to help maximize the impact of the grants in their community by contributing an additional $250 to eligible student accounts at their school or corporation. When schools make this local contribution, the State of Indiana will provide an additional $250 match, giving families a total of $1,000 in their accounts.
Indiana Learns will provide outreach and informational resources to schools in the coming weeks. Schools can also support eligible students by actively encouraging families to enroll and use the program.
Learning Partner Qualifications and Approval Process
Learning Partners will go through an application and approval process before being listed as eligible vendors on the Indiana Learns platform. To become an Authorized Learning Partner, entities must:
• Offer services outside normal school hours,
• Use credentialed educators, such as licensed teachers, retired teachers, or prospective teachers currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program,
• Have the ability to measure learning and provide weekly progress reports to parents and schools,
• Be able to maintain a tutor-student ratio of 1:3,
• Maintain a cost per student below $100 per hour/per student/per session,
• Provide a minimum of 60 minutes of support each week and
• Provide services on a reimbursement basis.
Learning partners will have access to a strong support infrastructure that includes the ability to leverage an online platform that will track student usage of grants and services received. These partners may include organizations that provide tutoring services, community groups, philanthropic organizations, institutions of higher education, or organizations that serve students with disabilities.
Additional information for families and interested learning partners can be found at IndianaLearns.org.