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The ASSISTments Foundation Awarded $250,000 to Develop and Scale High-Impact Tutoring Models to Boost Academic Achievement for All Students

ASSISTments, a nonprofit organization founded in learning-science, recently announced it has been awarded $250,000 in competitive grant funding to pilot an innovative tutoring program in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) across 30 schools, reaching 800 underserved students in grades 3-8. The ASSISTments Tutoring pilot will research the effects of high-dosage, proactive school-based tutoring that is directly connected to classroom instruction.

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Online Math Help That Works

ASSISTments, an educational platform developed by WPI researchers, uses immediate feedback in math formative assessments to improve learning outcomes.

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2021 in Ed Tech: AI, Data Analytics Were Top Priorities - Government Technology

Neil Heffernan, a computer science professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and lead developer of the AI-based student feedback program ASSISTments, said this projected growth is partly to do with AI’s potential to identify and address areas in need of improvement and help close achievement gaps.

He said ASSISTment’s AI feature Quick-Comments won an $8 million grant last week from the U.S. Department of Education's Education Innovation and Research program to improve its machine-learning tutoring functions.

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