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2024 ESSA Level II moderate achievement badge with growth chart icon.’s On-Demand Tutoring Once Again Meets ESSA II Standards, Demonstrating Positive Impacts on Student Grades

LearnPlatform by Instructure Conducts Second Effectiveness Study Showing Statistically Significant Improved Student Outcomes for Users

NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ —, one of the world’s largest and most innovative online tutoring organizations, announced that another effectiveness study has demonstrated that the company’s on-demand tutoring meets Level II requirements (Moderate Evidence) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The findings come from an effectiveness study independently designed and conducted by LearnPlatform by Instructure, a third-party edtech research company. The study examined use and student outcomes during the 2021–2022 academic year at Fresno Unified School District. Its results show two statistically significant favorable outcomes for students who used, as compared to demographically similar non-users.

The study showed that students who used—and those who spent more time on the platform—had higher GPAs than their demographically similar peers who did not. Highlights include:

  • Students in grades 9–12 who used had higher GPAs. Students who used had higher spring-semester GPAs as compared to non-users, and the difference was statistically significant.
  • Students in grades 9–12 who spent more time on had higher GPAs. Students who spent 30 minutes or more using had higher spring-semester GPAs as compared to non-users, and the difference was statistically significant.

This is the second effectiveness study conducted by LearnPlatform by Instructure, and also the second whose results meet ESSA Level II evidence standards for positive impacts on student outcomes. A December 2023 study demonstrated several favorable outcomes, including statistically significant higher GPAs, fewer Ds and Fs, and lower absenteeism with use.

Both studies examined student outcomes for on-demand tutoring, a service has delivered for more than two decades, serving 26 million sessions. Together with multi–award-winning High-Dosage Tutoring, an evidence-based program from and affiliate company The Princeton Review®, on-demand tutoring is a key component of the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) available at partner districts.

We serve thousands of tutoring sessions each day, said John Calvello, Interim Chief Institutional Officer at and The Princeton Review. Each one helps strengthen a student’s understanding and confidence. These two recent effectiveness studies confirm what we have found in the past, and what our partners and their students regularly report: makes a positive impact on student achievement.

The February 2024 study looked at a matched analysis sample of 1,488 district students (744 treatment who used, 744 comparison who did not) in grades 9–12. Students in the sample were Hispanic (69 percent), Asian (14 percent), African American (5 percent), white (8 percent), and multi-racial (3 percent). Eighty percent of students in the sample were classified as economically disadvantaged. To ensure the validity of findings and adhere to ESSA Level II evidence standards, researchers created a matched sample of users and non-users based on students’ spring 2021 GPA, grade level, gender, and race, as well as ELL (English Language Learner), foster youth, homeless, socioeconomic, disability, and chronic absentee statuses. When researchers examined the impact of use on students’ spring 2022 GPAs, they controlled for spring 2021 GPA and other statistically significant demographic variables. The findings confirm results satisfying ESSA Level II requirements.

“At Fresno Unified, our mission is to nurture and cultivate the interests, intellect, and leadership of our students by providing an excellent, equitable education in a culturally proficient environment,” said Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson. “Access to support for every student is critical to our mission, and we are thankful to have a terrific partner in to assist us in giving our kids 24/7 online support for their schoolwork. They are critical to our success.” remains committed to a data-driven approach to student success. In addition to its flagship on-demand tutoring offering, the company provides High-Dosage Tutoring, award-winning AI tools, and test prep resources from The Princeton Review. In everything we do, we work to empower students to succeed, said Calvello. Our K–12 school and district partnerships help close achievement gaps and accelerate student learning—one tutoring session at a time.


Since its incorporation in 2000, has delivered more than 26 million online tutoring and homework help sessions to students. The company's more than 4,000 vetted and qualified tutors provide learning assistance that is available 24/7 in a wide variety of subjects. The company's mission is to instill hope, advance equity, and catalyze achievement in schools and communities. powers tutoring and homework help programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, colleges and universities, K–12 school districts, state and local libraries, and companies offering employee benefit programs. Headquartered in New York City, is an affiliate of The Princeton Review, an education services company not affiliated with Princeton University. Follow on X (formerly Twitter) @tutordotcom, Facebook @TutorDotCom, and LinkedIn


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