Supplemental Education Service (SES) Information
What are Supplemental Education Services?
Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools that receive Title 1 funds and have been identified as “In Need of Improvement” for two or more years, must offer Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to eligible students. The Supplemental Educations Services program offers families a chance to get their children extra academic help in reading and mathematics through tutoring. The tutoring cost is covered by KIPP DC up to the amount authorized by OSSE. Parents and guardians get to choose the tutoring company, or SES provider, that best fits the needs of their child.
Who is eligible to receive Supplemental Education Services?
Students eligible to receive SES tutoring must attend a school that has been identified as a school in Program Improvement Year 2 or more. Students also must be eligible for Free or Reduced Meals under the National School Lunch Program. For the 2011 – 2012 school year, students at KEY, AIM, and WILL Academies are eligible for Supplemental Education Services.
How Do Students Get Enrolled in the SES Program?
KIPP DC has provided applications for the SES program through letters sent home to parents. SES applications can also be picked up at your child’s school site. Once an SES provider has been chosen, the application is to be turned into the campus Accountability Manager or at the SES Provider Fair. You can also download the application for your child’s school here:
How Do We Choose a Provider?
The list of providers can be downloaded here: SY 2011-2012 Approved SES Providers List. Provider profiles can tell you more details about each company or organization offering SES and are available here: 2011 2012 SES Provider Profiles.
What Questions Should Families Ask the SES Providers?
You should feel good about the provider you pick to help your child. Ask the providers questions that will help you to understand exactly what you should expect of them. Here are some examples of questions to ask:
- How many students will be tutored together?
- Do you offer one-to-one tutoring?
- What teaching experience do your tutors have?
- How will your program capture the attention of my child?
- How will you keep me, the parent, informed of my child’s progress?
- How often will you meet with my child?
- How many hours of tutoring can my child receive before the OSSE limit is spent?
- Where will the tutoring happen?
- Will you be teaching math, reading, or both?
- Is there anyone I can talk to that has used your service in the past?
- Can you adapt your tutoring to meet my child’s learning style?
- Do instructors speak languages other than English?
- How will you determine my child’s academic needs?
What is the Timeline for SES Services to Happen?
The deadline for submitting applications is November 1, 2011. After that the SES providers will be notified of the students who have applied to their programs. Providers will then contact families to set up consultations and begin services. Families will be able to submit applications for the second semester from December 15, 2011 through January 15, 2012.
Where Can I Get Additional Information?
Additional information for community, parent or faith-based groups about No Child Left Behind is available by contacting the U.S. Department of Education. E-mail email@example.com or call (202) 401-0056. For specific school and district questions, contact your school site or Irene Holtzman at (202) 223-4505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current and Historical Availability of SES Services