This is from the National PTA newsletter, "This Week in Washington" and I
thought everyone here would be interested.
>4. Monitoring Supplemental Education Services
>On Tuesday, April 26, members of the House Education and the Workforce
>Committee expressed concern that there is not enough information to
>determine whether Supplemental Education Services (SES)--after-school or
>weekend tutoring--are being effective.
>The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires districts to provide free SES
>for students in schools not meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets.
>NCLB requires states to evaluate the effectiveness of the services after two
>years and to remove from their list any provider that has failed to help
>students improve their academic achievement for two or more years.
>Private companies and other groups offer SES to parents of eligible children
>at no charge. Currently, there is little oversight or accountability for SES
>providers. Much of the questioning and commentary at the hearing focused on
>who and how SES providers should be monitored. One option is to focus
>primarily on how well SES providers' students do on standardized tests, but
>this fails to take into consideration other factors, such kids not regularly
>showing up for their tutoring.
>Some of the suggestions for improving the quality of SES include having the
>industry establish requirements, including education levels and background
>checks, that all SES providers would have to adhere to, or creating
>recognized professional standards--similar to those in other professions--so
>there will be a way to assess providers' qualifications and abilities
>independent of student test results.