US parents are motivated to seek out tutoring services for their children for different reasons including helping struggling students, understanding difficult subjects, preparing for admission exams and tests. The impact of a child’s struggle in academics on the family includes sorrow, confusion and anxiety.
Available quantitative data from US research studies and other sources did not directly address the motivation for parents in the US to seek out tutoring services for their child and the impact of academic strife on family dynamics. Most related quantitative research rather addressed the impact of parents’ attitude, status and environment on the academic performance of their children.
Only articles from credible news media and tutoring sites gave information that directly addressed the subject matter.
However, there is available quantitative data around learning disabilities which might be useful. Below are details of the findings.
Tutoring Motivations and impact of academic strife on family dynamics
Available Related Quantitative Data
According to the Washington Post, data from the National Center for Learning Disabilities shows that 20% of students in US have learning or attention challenges. However, only about 6% of the children with the challenges have been formally identified as requiring special education services. The most common learning challenge is dyslexia. It is estimated that between 5% and 17% of US students are affected by dyslexia.
The graduation rate of students with learning disabilities is 70.8%. This is 10 percentage points below the graduation rate of the general student population. Up to 500,000 students having learning disabilities dropped out of school without a diploma in the last decade.
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) fixed 40% as the maximum grant for each state for extra funding of special education. But a report by economists Laudan Aron and Pamela Loprest found that grants from the federal government in 2010 to states under IDEA only funded approximately 17% of the extra cost.
A study by APM Reports found that while 41 states have taken some kind of action to address the needs of children with dyslexia, the laws often go unenforced and unfunded. According to U.S. News & World Report, private tutoring is a $5 billion dollar industry.
It can be a painful struggle to live with learning disabilities. Both parents and children are affected. Parents seek the services of tutors for their children for various reasons including helping struggling students, understanding difficult subjects, preparing for admission exams and tests like SSAT and ACT, and boosting their GPA.
Touch-type Read & Spell (TTRS) notes that parents also seek the services of tutors when their children lack confidence in the classroom. In addition, TutorMe stated that most working parents employ tutors because they don’t have the time to personally focus on the school work of their children.
According to an account by an affected mother “we were at a complete loss with where to start and how to move forward” as a family when their 9-year old son was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in addition to delays in phonics and writing. That was what motivated them to seek out tutoring services for him.
Another mother decided to get a private tutor for her daughter because she struggled with reading, she said, “we tried not to fret too much, because her teachers told us that late bloomers often take off and read fluently by third grade”. Because of her anxiety, she did not wait until her daughter got to third grade, she found the tutor when her daughter was in second grade.
Academic struggles, difficult subjects, preparing for admission exams and tests preparation are some reasons that motivate US parents to seek out tutoring services for their children. Confusion, sorrow and anxiety are some effects of a child’s academic struggle on the family.