An Overview of Supplemental Educational Services

Supplemental Educational Services (SES) refers to free academic assistance that is provided to qualified students who need help in subjects like Math or English. This additional educational instruction is designed to increase the academic achievement of students in schools that have not met the state’s targets for increasing student achievement. This is known as their Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP. Extra academic help consists of free tutoring outside of regular school hours. Students can receive assistance before or after school, on weekends, or over the summer. Online tutoring companies, community agencies, and private schools are some of the organizations that can gain state approval to offer Supplemental Educational Services.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, low income families receiving free or reduced-price lunch can enroll their children in Supplemental Educational Services if their school has been designated by the state to be in need of improvement for at least three years. No Child Left Behind was enacted to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice. SES provides many students with the opportunity they need to reach their potential and achieve academic success.

Organizations that are qualified to provide Supplemental Educational Services are identified by each State Department of Education. States consult with teachers, parents, and school districts to identify a wide variety of SES provider options for students. School districts must make a list of state-approved providers of Supplemental Educational Services in their area available to parents of eligible students. Parents can choose the provider that best meets the educational needs of their child.

Supplemental Educational Services providers must meet the comprehensive criteria established by the state to be included on the list of eligible providers. These organizations are monitored by the State Department of Education, and they are evaluated on the quality of services they offer. Providers of SES must demonstrate a record of effectiveness in increasing student academic achievement, and they must give information on students’ progress to their parents and schools. These organizations must provide services that are consistent with the instructional program of their school districts, and with state academic standards. Supplemental Educational Services must be high-quality, research based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement.

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