Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps


Registration for the Math Tutoring Corps

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IS NOW CLOSED 

Registration for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years will be available to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. Details regarding enrollment in the Math Tutoring Corps for the 2022-23 school year will be available in Spring of 2022.

Why Oklahoma Math Tutoring Corps?

Mathematics skills build over time, and algebra readiness is critical for success in higher-level mathematics and for future careers. In recognition of the importance of algebra readiness, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is investing in a Math Tutoring Corps to support 7th-9th grade students in gaining math skills and concepts they may have missed due to learning disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort will begin in winter 2021 and continue through summer 2024.

Project DetailsReady Together Brief

Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, the OSDE will recruit and hire up to 500 educators and college students to provide virtual tutoring services outside of school hours for up to 1,500 7th-9th graders. Each tutor will have a group of no more than three students and will meet virtually for 50-minute sessions, three times per week for nine weeks. In each session, tutors will provide on-grade-level mathematics support to reinforce mathematical concepts and help students better understand the math they are learning in class while also preparing them for higher-level mathematics.

Tutoring for the inaugural 2021-22 school year will begin January 2022, while tutoring for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years is scheduled to begin in the fall.

Additional Information about the Math Tutoring Corps is included in the Ready Together brief (pictured) about the Math Tutoring Corps Initiative.

Additional Information for Families

At this time, only eligible students are able to enroll in this program. Student eligibility was determined using state math assessment data and focused on current 7th-9th grade students. If your student is eligible, you will receive a letter in the mail and an email with additional information about the program and how to enroll your student. For the 2021-22 school year, letters and emails will be sent in November 2021.

By joining the Math Tutoring Corps, your student has the opportunity to work in a small-group (no more than three students) with a tutor from a similar area of Oklahoma. Your student will learn the math needed for future grade levels and college and career preparation. They will also develop their problem-solving and communication skills while gaining confidence in their math class.

The OSDE will provide any technology or internet access needed for your student to participate in the program, and tutoring will occur during students’ free time outside of the school day.

Additional Information for Administrators

For the 2021-22 school year, eligible students were identified by the OSDE based on state mathematics assessment data. Superintendents of districts were notified if they had eligible students for the program, and student contact information was confirmed by students’ school and district offices. Administrators at the schools of eligible students will receive copies of correspondence sent to families about the Math Tutoring Corps initiative.

Schools will not be expected to provide tutors, professional development for tutors, lessons, or equipment (beyond what is usually provided to students) for this initiative. Tutors submitted applications to the OSDE for consideration and were selected based on experience and ensuring representation from all regions of Oklahoma. Tutors will receive ongoing professional development on models of acceleration and research-based instructional practices for virtual math tutoring, and they will receive support from a “lead tutor” throughout the nine weeks of tutoring. Lead tutors are Oklahoma certified teachers who have experience with instructional coaching and mentoring. Tutors will also be provided with lessons aligned to grade-level Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics and will have opportunities to individualize instruction for their students, and the OSDE will provide any technology needed for students to participate in the program.

Additional Information for Prospective Tutors

For the 2021-22 school year, applications were closed on October 15th, 2021. Any Oklahoma certified teacher or full-time college student was eligible to apply.  Applications will open Winter 2022 for the 2022-23 school year, and any Oklahoma certified teacher, higher education professor, or full-time college student will be eligible to apply.

Hired tutors will receive professional development focused on models of acceleration and effective instructional strategies for virtual math tutoring. They will also be placed in a cohort of approximately 20 tutors, led by a Lead Tutor who will provide instructional coaching, professional development, and additional support throughout the year.

Contact Information

Anthony Purcell, Director of High School and College Math Readiness
Email: Anthony.Purcell@sde.ok.gov
Office Phone: (405) 522-6575

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Last updated on January 3, 2022