High-Impact Tutoring in Texas
Up-to-date News on TCLAS, LASO, and High-Impact Tutoring!
FALL LEA FOI RUBRIC FOR 2023-2024 IS AVAILABLE!
The LEA Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) rubric is a tool used to self-evaluate High Impact Tutoring (HIT) programs at the district level. This self-evaluation rubric is required for all TCLAS Decision 6 districts. Non-TCLAS Decision 6 districts can use these materials as optional self-evaluation measures. Please review these materials and sign up for the optional office hours should your LEA have any questions about the tool. Additionally, all districts have an Education Service Center (ESC) HIT Lead who can assist with the implementation of this rubric. Please reach out to your ESC for training requirements, FOI due dates, and FOI submission protocols.
The 2023-2024 LEA FOI rubric is available under Resources. The Fall 2023 submission window for D6 LEAs begins on Monday, October 30 and ends on Friday, December 1. The TEA will offer two FOI Office Hours: Wednesday, November 1 from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. and Thursday, November 9 from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M.
Link to TEA's Accelerated Instruction Website:
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We are your support. Our tutoring team at Region 5 is committed to providing the trainings and resources districts need to fulfill grant compliance and tutoring demands.
Call and set up your meeting with us today!
Jeannie Istre - Region 5 Tutoring Program Coordinator
Susan Cooper - Region 5 Tutoring Program Coordinator
Planning for ESSER Close-Out
Legislative Update Regarding Accelerated Instruction per HB 1416
Key Changes in Requirements from HB 1416
Texas law requires all students who do not achieve approaches or higher on STAAR grades 3 through 8 or EOC assessments be provided accelerated instruction. These requirements, modified by House Bill 4545 of the 87th legislature and recently updated with the passage of House Bill 1416 in the 88th legislature, provide that qualifying students must be:
- Assigned a TIA designated teacher for the subsequent school year in the applicable subject area;
- Provided supplemental instruction aligned with the research on high impact tutoring in the TEKS for the applicable grade levels and subject area in the following manner:
- No less than 15 or 30 hours depending on student performance and is provided in the summer or at least once per week in the school year;
- Limited to two subjects per year, prioritizing math and RLA;
- Provided in a group of no more than four students, unless the parent or guardian of each student in the group authorizes a larger group;
- Designed to assist the student in achieving satisfactory performance in the applicable grade level and subject area and includes effective instructional materials designed for supplemental instruction;
- Provided by a person with training in the applicable instructional materials for the supplemental instruction and provided by one person for the entirety of their accelerated instruction.
House Bill 1416 updated accelerated instruction requirements from House Bill 4545 by:
- Removing the requirement for Accelerated Learning Committees while requiring Accelerated Education Plan after student fails to achieve approaches or higher on two consecutive assessments in the same subject area
- Limiting tutoring to 2 subjects and no longer including optional assessment administrations
- Increasing student to tutor ratio from 3:1 to 4:1 ratio for tutoring group size
- Reducing minimum hour requirement from 30 to 15 for some students*
- Providing student to teacher ratio waivers for use of approved online curriculum (approvals available spring 2024)
LASO ONE-STOP SHOP WEBSITE IS LIVE!
LASO Cycle I (2022-2023) Information Link: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/laso-cycle-i-2022-2023
- LASO Cycle II application opens October 23rd.
- LASO Cycle II Grant Application closes on December 7th, 2023 at 5pm CT.
- LASO individual application links will be emailed to Superintendents on October 23, 2023.
LASO 2.0 is Coming for 2023-2024 School Year!
TEA will launch an updated LASO one-stop-shop website (www.tea.texas.gov/laso) on July 30th.
There will be a LASO Cycle 2 grant coming soon! (See the information below regarding timeline of upcoming grant).
HB 1416 was read in the House Public Education Committee two weeks ago and has committee substitution changes posted with other members joining the bill.
Vendor Information for Decision 6 Districts - April 2023
Texas Tutoring Vendor Information
April 2023 - Amplify, BookNook, & Zearn
Amplify mClass TOT Summer 2023 Sessions:
● Email went out on March 27, 2023 from Allison Pilley with registration information and dates. Sign up if you need one!
Amplify mClass Intervention Data Sheet(s) & other related Amplify topics:
● Please email: Zachary.Lyons@tea.texas.gov.
FAQ & COMMUNICATION “CHEAT SHEET” | Please refer to the TEA-Amplify Communication & Questions Cheat Sheet, which provides information about commonly-asked questions about Amplify Tutoring and refers you to the right place if you still need more information.
TUTOR TRAINING COURSE PRIORITIES | We recommend tutors move through the course in order from beginning to end; however, if time is a constraint, Module 4 and Module 8 are critical to understanding materials and assessments for tutoring, and being prepared for the synchronous Tutor Capstone session. ESC staff may consult this guidance. LEAs should consult with their region’s Education Service Center to prioritize based upon the needs of your tutors and students.
ADDITIONAL AMPLIFY TUTORING WEBSITES | We created this one-pager which lists the Amplify websites that host tutoring and training information. If you have misplaced the password and/or need support with accessing these websites, please contact email@example.com.
AMPLIFY TUTORING PROGRAM SUPPORT WEBSITE | Please visit the Amplify Tutoring Support Website. This site hosts program and training information, links to register for office hours, and additional resources and information about mCLASS Intervention and high-impact tutoring for all stakeholder groups: https://amplify.com/texastutorsupport/ (password = amplify).
DIRECT TUTORING SERVICES | Amplify is a TEA-approved provider for direct, full-service tutoring. To learn more, please send an email with “Direct tutoring services” in the subject line to Tara Hewitt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
mCLASS PLATFORM SUPPORT | The chat feature is always the fastest and easiest way to get tech support. Please locate the chat icon on the bottom right of any Amplify site and click to initiate. You may also contact Amplify Customer Care & Support by email at email@example.com or via Amplify’s Texas Tutoring-specific helpline: 888-671-3789.
TEA contact: Isabella Maldonado
Review the BookNook Decision Timeline letter for LEAs here.
● Isabella sent it to LEAs the week of 2/27/23. Please check with your BN LEAs to ensure receipt and that they have filled out the survey with their vendor choice.
Read BookNook’s summary on the Teachers College study that was conducted about tutoring outcomes in Texas schools.
BookNook Office Hours & Contacts
● We conduct regularly scheduled meetings to provide updates and address questions from ESC and LEA staff. Find the schedule and meeting links HERE. BookNook contacts are also listed at the bottom of the document.
● You may submit your questions for BookNook HERE.
● For any issues using the platform, please contact customer support: https://support.booknooklearning.com/hc/en-us.
The BookNook team is available to help with planning, training and implementing an engaging, high-impact reading program for students. BookNook requires no teacher prep, making it ideal for summer programs.
The Implementation Specialists at BookNook are available to provide professional learning support to educators during initial launch and implementation. The Impact Managers at BookNook are available to provide ongoing professional learning support to educators beyond initial launch, building advocacy within school and district sites.
We can help by
● Providing teacher (guides) and student rostering for schools and districts.
● Providing an overview of the BookNook platform and how to access it.
● Providing an overview of the student reporting features.
● Providing guidance on creating student groups, starting lessons, pausing/ending lessons and additional features.
● Providing guidance on accessing resources within the BookNook platform.
● Scheduling school/district trainings for a group of educators (Please contact your Impact Manager for pricing and additional information).
TEA contact: Sarah McCaslin
What should Zearn districts be doing right now?
Zearn is beginning to reach out to districts about renewing their Zearn Accounts for 2023-24 under TEA’s TCLAS initiative.
Zearn will share with each district an update on their schools’ Zearn usage.
Fidelity Schools are meeting the fidelity usage requirements of 90+ minutes per week and 3+ grade-level lessons per week.
Active Schools are regularly using Zearn but not meeting the fidelity usage bar of 90+ minutes per week and 3+ grade-level lessons per week.
No Usage schools appear to not be utilizing Zearn (less than 10 students logging into Zearn each week).
In order to be considered for 2023/2024 Zearn license renewals, districts are required to show fidelity usage or a plan for how to improve usage. Fidelity schools are ready to renew. In order to renew Zearn licenses for “Active” and “No Usage” schools, in the upcoming weeks the district will be required to complete a short form indicating what actions it will take to improve Zearn usage. Click here to preview the form.
Zearn is happy to meet with districts to answer any questions and to provide support with implementing Zearn Math.
● Resources to support tutoring planning and implementation are available on the Texas Tutoring Page.
● Zearn’s Getting Started Checklist can help as you prepare to launch Zearn for tutoring.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Amplify Free High-Impact Tutoring Materials Deadline Information
Do your K–5 students need extra practice in reading skills? Don’t miss your chance to secure FREE high-impact tutoring materials that are proven to accelerate reading growth. Apply by the funding deadline on May 19!
In order to help schools and districts take advantage of this opportunity, Amplify is hosting a series of informational sessions designed to provide an overview of Amplify Tutoring and walk participants through the process to obtain TEA-subsidized licenses. Apply now for free high-impact tutoring materials and training or attend one of our live informational sessions to learn more.
Join Educational Expert Suzy Pepper Rollins March 1st!
Admission is FREE!
This is the final session of a 4-part workshop series regarding high-impact tutoring. This session is geared to look back at individual tutoring program goals to revise and enhance according to present performance. Suzy Pepper Rollins, author and educational innovator, will work directly with administrators or program managers to celebrate successes and make necessary adjustments for future success.
Texas Approved Vendor Tutoring Expo
High-Impact Tutoring Workshop Series for Administrators and Tutors!
Each session will target a specific audience to strategically build a tutoring program that is meant to make solid progress.
Session 1 on June 21st is for administrators of tutoring programs.
Session 2 is specifically for tutors and interventionists.
Session 3 brings both administrators and tutors together to build on the vision of each LEA's vision and mission of their tutoring program.
Session 4 reviews progress, strengths and weakness, and plans for the future of tutoring programs for LEAs.
Each session is free and will include free resources!
Fidelity of Implementation Rubric Training
Back to School Tutoring Intensive
Thursday, Aug 18, 2022, 08:30 AM
Edison Plaza, Pine Street, Beaumont, TX, USA
High-quality Instructional Materials
HB 4545 Overview: What's included in the new law?
- Elimination of grade retention and retesting requirements in grades 5 and 8.
- For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 in math or reading, a new LEA requirement to establish an accelerated learning committee to develop an individual educational plan for the student and monitor progress.
- For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments, clarification of prior supplemental accelerated instruction requirements, specifying that it must include either:
*Receiving supplemental instruction (tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day.
Learning Acceleration Support Opportunities (LASO)
The Learning Acceleration Support Opportunities (LASO) state approved vendor guide is a pre-vetted list of organizations that TEA has determined have the experience and expertise to support local education agencies (LEAs) with these grant opportunities. The vendor list is organized by LASO grant to help LEAs explore available support and vendor partnerships.
LASO - Learning Acceleration Support Opportunities 2022-2023
The Qualtrics application link can be accessed via the email sent to the LEA's Superintendent on November 7th. If LEA's Superintendent has not received the email with the application link, click here to complete a form to request one. If LEAs would like to print the application, download link is available here. Please note that the formal submission of the application requires a Qualtrics survey submission.