FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 17, 2022 – More than 40,000 Texas elementary and middle school students engaged in the Vetted Texas Tutor Corps (VTTC), a nationally recognized tutoring model endorsed by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, have accelerated their math learning. Fueling the VTTC high-dosage, math tutoring is Zearn, a nonprofit educational organization that developed the top-rated math learning platform. Zearn is provided at no or reduced costs, through the conclusion of the 2022-2023 academic year, to districts engaged in the VTTC.
“As the first in the nation to make a monumental investment in high-impact, low-ratio tutoring, the Texas Education Agency has directly invested in teachers who have tirelessly supported students throughout the pandemic,” said Shalinee Sharma, CEO and co-founder of Zearn.
From urban counties like Dallas to the more rural ones like Brooks, through Zearn, students have access to high-quality materials featuring a mix of hands-on problem solving and immersive digital learning. This high-impact teaching strategy, led locally by tutors who have received comprehensive training, complements what students learn during their school day. Additionally, ongoing progress monitoring and real-time reports are delivered to tutors, teachers and students’ families with precise and actionable feedback to inform instruction based on student needs.
Zearn, which aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics (TEKS), was selected by the Texas Educational Agency as the sole subsidized provider of high-quality math tutoring content for VTTC. Zearn is proven to accelerate student learning at scale. A study of math achievement during the pandemic found that consistent Zearn usage dramatically reduced learning loss — for students at all levels of math proficiency.
“We developed Zearn’s technology to complement the work of great classroom teachers, which is why we are thrilled that more than 90 percent of Texas teachers who use Zearn would recommend it to another teacher,” Sharma said. “Likewise, kids in Texas love learning with Zearn, and we are thrilled to help foster a love of math.”
Zearn is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization behind Zearn Math, the top-rated math learning platform used by 1 in 4 elementary students nationwide. Everything we do is driven by the belief that every kid is a math kid. For more information about Zearn’s work in Texas or across the nation, contact Anna O’Sullivan, director of communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.