The Washington Post

And now… Common Core tutors

( (

It was inevitable.

First we got the Common Core State Standards, adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia and intended to raise the academic achievement of students everywhere. To assess whether that was happening, we got high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the Core, because, in today’s school reform world, standardized tests are the key evaluation metric. A new market of Core-aligned products, apps and websites popped up, and now, to make sure that students can handle all things Core, we have Common Core tutors.

Yes, academic tutors have started to market themselves as being knowledgeable enough about the Common Core standards to provide individual help to struggling students.

For example, at the website Moonlyt, a new online site for teaching and learning, tutors are listed according to their “expertise,” and Common Core is one of the possibilities. So, for example, one tutor advertising services is a young man named Matthew from Harvard University who can help students, for $35 an hour, in subjects including Humanities, College & Test Prep, and Common Core, among other areas.

A Brooklyn-based learning company called Arc to Learn advertised earlier this year with this:

Get your child ready for the school year with 1-on-1 tutoring on the new Common Core standards.

Every child is unique. Why should your tutoring be one size fits all?

A company called Omega Learning says on its website:

Omega offers a comprehensive solution to the common core challenges. Our remediation curriculum is common core aligned, which means our tutors can help your child build critical thinking skills and achieve increased classroom performance.

What makes the curriculum changes in schools an unusually big opportunity for tutoring companies to expand their businesses is the fact that most states now will have the same standards and many will give students the same standardized tests. As a result, a company in New York, for example, can provide online services to a student in Hawaii much easier than in the past, when each state had its own standards and assessments. As FoxBusiness reported in this story:

“Let’s say you have a grade-7 certified teacher in Washington. Because they know what the expectations are … they can leverage that same skill-set in Minnesota,” says Nathan Arora of the Educators Group, which operates online-tutoring company SchoolTutoring Academy.

“It’s a huge benefit for hiring,” he says, because the company isn’t forced to find local teachers in each state to meet demands.

And Jim Damiani, the founder of TeachPro Franchises, says the Common Core practice test he developed in 2009 has found interested buyers spread out across the country, as various states began implementing the new standards.

If there’s one common pattern in this era of corporate-influenced school reform: Whenever a new reform is introduced, new ways to make money off it inevitably follow.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans
Next Story
Valerie Strauss · November 25, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.