High school students can meet graduation requirements through tutoring

State Rep. Jim Pressel

The state of Indiana is offering high school juniors and seniors a new opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements by tutoring younger students, State Rep. Jim Pressel reminds local residents.

“Students typically experience some form of learning loss over summer break, meaning they do not retain some of the lessons they learned the previous school year,” Pressel said. “However, COVID-19 added more challenges for students, since they participated in remote- or e-learning toward the end of the school year.”

Pressel said that a recent NWEA report estimates some children could begin school nearly a full grade level behind their peers in some subject areas. To help bridge this gap, schools can implement the Indiana Department of Education’s newly-developed Indiana Tutoring Fellowship, which will fulfill the Service-Based Learning Experience under Graduation Pathway Requirement #2.

“This is an excellent opportunity for qualified high schoolers to serve as tutors, especially those interested in pursuing a career in education. They can make a difference in a young person’s life and learn new skills — all while earning credit,” he said.

The IDOE recommends tutoring sessions take place virtually, but if students are permitted to meet face-to-face, social distancing must be followed.

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