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High-Impact Tutoring Program

High-Impact Tutoring Program

Overview of the High-Impact Tutoring Program

Significant interruptions to in-person learning due to the covid-19 pandemic have led to potentially devastating and long-lasting negative impacts on student achievement, impacting every part of Colorado society. These negative impacts on student achievement are not equal; students furthest from privilege are at risk of falling behind the most. Research suggests that while all students may fall behind as much as seven months because of interruptions to in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students who identify as Black, Latino, or lower income may fall behind as much as ten months, exacerbating already entrenched inequities. Responding to learning loss and the widening of opportunity gaps could be the greatest challenge our state faces over the next few years, and the state has an urgent and immediate need to provide additional support to ensure students are well prepared for the future.

With scarce resources, it is imperative to know which academic interventions yield the best results for students so that resources are deployed judiciously and effectively. While there are many interventions that have a positive impact on student achievement, one intervention, backed by a strong body of research, has consistently been shown to be the most effective in every grade, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Studies have consistently shown, in multiple diverse settings, that "high-impact tutoring", also referred to as "high-dosage tutoring", has made significant positive impact on students from all backgrounds, but especially students furthest from opportunity. When such tutoring is implemented, students average more than four months of additional learning in elementary literacy, thereby strengthening vital early reading and writing skills, and almost ten months of additional learning in high school math. Therefore, local education providers should be incentivized to implement high-impact tutoring as one of the interventions schools have access to as they create plans to recover from learning loss or unfinished learning that has taken place because of the pandemic.

As such, the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 21-1234 (PDF) creating the Colorado High-Impact Tutoring Program which was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on June 16, 2021.

High-Impact Tutoring Program Grants

The HITP exists to provide grants to local education providers to implement high-impact tutoring programs prioritizing rural, low-income or underserved students to address student learning loss or unfinished learning resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Department of Education is now accepting applications from local education providers for the High-Impact Tutoring Program Grant.

Eligible Providers:

  • A School District;
    • A non-charter school may not submit a standalone application outside of their district.
  • A Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES);
  • A Charter School authorized by a School District;
  • A Charter School authorized by the Charter School Institute;
  • A Facility School; or
  • The Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind

Priority Considerations Data

Where available, CDE has compiled data around the priority considerations to best support LEPs with the submission process. The compiled data is available here.

Funding Request Limits:

LEPs are invited to submit applications that budget up to a maximum of $2,200 per student served by the program per full school year. This maximum is based on ensuring that all students experience a tutoring program meeting all the elements of research-based, high-quality, high-impact tutoring programs. CDE expects that the cost per student served during the 2021-2022 school year will be below this amount due to the timing of this grant. For complete details, download the HITP Request for Applications document.


  • October 6, 2021: Request for Applications and online application released.
  • October 14, 2021: Application Information Webinar 3:00pm.  Presentation (PDF)
  • October 22, 2021: Deadline for Intent to Apply.
  • November 10, 2021: Applications due to CDE by 11:59pm via the online application form.
  • November 12 - 30, 2021: Applications will be reviewed and funding recommendations made.
  • December 3, 2021: Applicants will be notified of initial award status.
  • December 3-17, 2021: Applicant revisions.
  • December 17, 2021: Applicants will be notified of final award approval.


Program Questions:
Email Joanna Bruno, Ph.D.
Director, Standards and Instructional Support
Or call 303-919-3907

Budget/Fiscal Questions:
Email Jennifer Austin
Or call 303-866-6689

Application Process Questions:
Email Kim Burnham
Or call 720-607-1495