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CityTutor DC is a coalition committed to dramatically expanding access to high-impact tutoring in our nation’s capital. CityTutor DC is proudly coordinated by CityBridge.

Accelerating Learning with High-Impact Tutoring

In December 2020, EmpowerK12, a DC-based education data analysis group, found that pandemic-related disruptions resulted in DC students missing the equivalent of four months of instruction in mathematics and one month of instruction in English Language Arts by the midpoint of the 2020-2021 school year. If left unchecked, the effects of this COVID slide will likely continue, and the effects of lost instructional time will increase dramatically, according to that analysis.

To respond to this urgent need, CityBridge assembled an advisory group of key stakeholders in early 2021 who identified high-impact tutoring as a way to accelerate student learning.

Out of those conversations came CityTutor DC, a coalition of 50+ schools, community-based organizations, civic partners, and other stakeholders committed to addressing the pandemic’s impact on student achievement and well-being by dramatically expanding access to high-impact tutoring in our nation’s capital.

High-impact tutoring (HIT) is a research-based practice of supplementing classroom instruction in small groups or one-on-one settings where a trained tutor and student meet frequently and consistently, with a focus on math and/or English Language Arts.

Our Impact

Summer 2021: 300 students received tutoring as schools supported by CityTutor DC piloted HIT.


Fall 2021: With students returning to classrooms, 3,700 more students received tutoring at our first cohort of schools.


Spring 2022: New partnerships were formed on an ongoing basis as we scaled tutoring to serve more students, with an additional 1,600 students receiving tutoring.


Summer 2022: An additional 600 students received tutoring, supported by CityTutor DC.


Fall 2022: Program launches help us exceed our ultimate goal.


White Paper: Establishing Roots

After a year of connecting, designing, supporting, and brokering, the CityTutor DC initiative has demonstrated how to build a tutoring ecosystem that serves students furthest from opportunity and that will last beyond the context of pandemic recovery.

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