# Volunteer Tutoring

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Published: 2010

# In a nutshell

• The Problem: The achievement gap opens early: by the age of 5, children who grow up in low-income households are already behind academically.
• The Program: Programs employ non-professional tutors, who either volunteer or receive a small stipend, with the goal of improving young students' academic performance.
• Track record: A review of more than 20 studies evaluating a variety of volunteer tutoring programs found substantial and statistically significant effects on students' academic achievement. We are unsure of when these results were measured but guess that they are short-term.