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Web-based tutors and supplemental resources.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND PARENTS NOW HAVE ALTERNATIVES TO local tutors. For instance, TutorVista offers 24/7 online tutoring, homework help and test preparation for $99 a month using tutors located in India. Web-based programs go further by offering students skills-based instruction by integrating computer animated "learning coaches" with live online tutors.

Two years ago, the Penn Hills School District in Pittsburgh offered evening Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) math remediation using a $50-per-student-per-year online program called SmartHelp by Apangea Learning, which uses certified math teachers. To gain enough credit for graduation, 264 students needed to complete 10 math modules; and of these students, 222 were able to graduate on time. Today, juniors with low PSSA scores are enrolled. At the School District of Philadelphia, Nancy Bratton, the executive director of middle grades education, uses SmartHelp as a supplement to math teaching with students at nine SDP sites for her acceleration program.

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Title Annotation:Curriculum Update
Author:Royal, Ken
Publication:District Administration
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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