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Schools invest money in tutoring, yet some initiatives fail.

Tutoring has become a go-to solution for school districts to address pandemic setbacks. But opt-in online programs have not been shown to fill in learning gaps. Instead, more structured, data-driven “high-impact” tutoring works, experts say. Opt-in programs let students request help from a tutor via their school’s online platform. Fewer than 2 percent of Fairfax County students used an opt-in tutoring service this year. The median time spent on the service was 29 minutes, according to an internal analysis.