WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies is a peer-tutoring program for grades K–6 that aims to improve student proficiency in several disciplines. During the 30-35 minute peer-tutoring sessions, students take turns acting at the tutor, coaching and correcting one another as they work through problems. The designation of tutoring pairs and skill assignment is based on teacher judgement of student needs and abilities, and teachers reassign tutoring pairs regularly.  

Reviewed Research

June 2012
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Comprehension Potentially positive effects 2 studies meet standards 2-6 60
 
 
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Fuchs, D., Fuchs, L. S., Mathes, P. G., & Simmons, D. C. (1997) 2-6 40
 
 
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Sáenz, L. M., Fuchs, L. S., & Fuchs, D. (2005) 3-6 20
 
 
32
General Mathematics Achievement No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 2-4 40 --
Fuchs, L. S., Fuchs, D., Phillips, N. B., Hamlett, C. L., & Karns, K. (1995) 2-4 40 --
Reading fluency Potentially positive effects 2 studies meet standards 2-6 60
 
 
14
Fuchs, D., Fuchs, L. S., Mathes, P. G., & Simmons, D. C. (1997) 2-6 40
 
 
12
Sáenz, L. M., Fuchs, L. S., & Fuchs, D. (2005) 3-6 20
 
 
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