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Supplemental Educational Services

Supplemental educational services (SES) are a major federal intervention introduced by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB, Pub. L. No. 107-110), which reauthorized the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The SES program is nested in the law’s Title I program, the largest categorical federal education program in the United States. The NCLB requires schools to offer SES if they receive Title I funding and fail to meet targets for student performance for three or more consecutive years. Eligible students at these schools can receive tutoring through the SES program. This entry provides an overview of the rationale for SES, describes the major guidelines for the program, and considers research on its implementation and effectiveness. It concludes with a look toward the ...

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