MNPS looking for thousands of volunteer tutors
By Ashley Perham in Main Street Nashville
What do teachers, college students, a state legislator, a New York City resident and a retired Belmont professor have in common?
They’re all tutoring students from Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Accelerating Scholars program.
The program was created last fall to help overcome learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although state testing scores increased from last year, still only 27% of MNPS third graders are on or above their grade reading level.
Last fall, 1,200 tutors spent time working with students on reading and math skills. In the spring, the number of tutors increased to 1,800. This year, the district is looking for tutors for 7,000 students, up from 3,000 students last year.