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Education Industry Association Approves Guidelines for Tutor Qualifications

Ohanian Comment: Well, wahoo: tutors need to have a high school diploma. Below you see what is touted as the first ever guidelines for tutors. Rejoice.

According to their website, Education Industry Association Approved Partners are:
# Education Week
# SLM Financial Corporation
# Sterling Testing Systems
# TutorTrek

And check out their links. After all, we know people by the company they keep ,

THEN, you can check out the
Board of Directors
.

Did you gasp as loudly as I did? These people know no shame.



WASHINGTON,U.S. Newswire/ -- The Education Industry Association (EIA) has developed the first-ever voluntary guidelines for the qualifications of tutors. This guidance, which is aimed at helping tutoring providers set their own standards for their employees, outlines the skills and qualifications tutors need to help students succeed.

"The guidelines recognize that student achievement should be the primary measure of the tutoring provider's effectiveness," said Steven Pines, EIA Executive Director. "Approval of the qualifications by EIA's board is the capstone of an extensive and unique process initiated by the association's membership to support tutors, education service providers, educators and students."

The guidelines were developed by and for the education service industry, which includes individual tutors, as well as companies that operate learning centers, test prep services, schools (including charter schools), education management services, and alternative and special education programs. The guidelines are appropriate for professionals and companies of all experience levels, business sizes, and instructional delivery models.

"This industry is growing rapidly, and we felt it timely to set these benchmarks that will create the conditions for high quality services to be provided to consumers. We urge the buying public to seek service providers that have incorporated these guidelines," Pines said.

The guidelines are voluntary with each member or member organization implementing its own system of oversight and compliance. Additional review and monitoring of their implementation may be forthcoming based on guidance from the industry.

EIA's guidelines set forth qualifications for master tutors, tutors and education assistants.

Master tutor:

-- Demonstrated knowledge of the education service provider's education program/model,

-- A Bachelor's degree and/or teaching certificate, and

-- Completion of a research-supported tutor training program if the degree is not in education.

Tutor:

-- Demonstrated knowledge of the education service provider's education program/model,

-- Undergraduate work totaling at least 60 credit hours,

-- Completion of a research-supported tutor training program, and

-- Supervision from an education service provider.

Education assistant:

-- Demonstrated knowledge of the education service provider's education program/model,

-- Possession of at least a High School diploma,

-- Completion of a research-supported tutor training program, and

-- Supervision by an education service provider.

EIA also urges the use of pre-employment background screening to verify education, work history, and potential criminal records that may disqualify the individual.

About EIA

The Education Industry Association works to expand educational opportunities and improve student achievement for learners of all ages by infusing American education with market-based drivers of service, innovation, and results. Founded in 1990, EIA is the leading professional association for private providers of education services, suppliers, and other private organizations in all sectors of education. EIA currently has more than 800 individual and corporate members. www.educationindustry.org

More information on the Education Industry Association (EIA) may be obtained by calling Steve Pines, EIA executive director at 800-252-3280.


— Steve Drake and Jay Diskey
US Newswire
2005-03-28
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=44934


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