Sacramento -- The State Board of Education voted today to adopt regulations to assist eligible students using Supplemental Educational Services (SES), which delivers academic tutoring to low-income students by state-approved providers. This program is required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for schools that are in Year 2 of Program Improvement (PI).
"This is a positive step forward in providing eligible parents and students the help they need to ensure they are receiving quality tutoring, which will set them on a path toward proficiency in reading/language arts, mathematics and science," said Board President Michael Kirst.
The revisions to the regulations provide clarification and give guidance needed in the area of responsibilities of an SES provider and ensure that eligible students receive appropriate and effective services. These regulations also define and give greater clarity surrounding accountability, tutor supervision, terminations of providers, subcontracting services, enrollment, conflict of interest, use of schools facilities, and distribution of information by SES providers to parents and students.
The purpose of the SES program is to augment the PI schools’ programs of instruction to help eligible students achieve proficiency on California’s state content standards in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science. Parents of eligible students select an approved SES provider to deliver the free tutoring services.