Peer Assisted Learning Strategies
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A classwide peer tutoring program for elementary school students to improve reading and mathematics skills of students through guided peer-assisted learning strategies.
Initial Training and Technical Assistance
Training is offered to groups of up to 50 teachers for one day for $1,500 plus travel.
Curriculum and Materials
Each teacher should have a manual for reading and/or math. Manuals cost between $40 and $44 each. Optional DVDs with examples of interventions covering multiple grades for both reading and math are available for $15. Math PALS for grades 2-6 require Student Materials at a cost of $30 for a class (although this cost is discretionary, as it is suggested that students bring in their favorite books, or the teacher may select from books in his or her library). Inexpensive supplies such as transparencies, kitchen timers, overhead projectors, and some copying are also required.
Materials Available in Other Language: A Spanish language version of PALS Reading Grades 2 - 6 for teachers and students is available at the same cost as the English language version.
Other Start-Up Costs
Intervention Implementation Costs
Ongoing Curriculum and Materials
Copying of individual student lessons is required for some grades at a nominal cost.
The program is implemented by teachers during the course of the regular school day. No additional staff is required.
Other Implementation Costs
Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs
Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance
Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation
Ongoing License Fees
Other Cost Considerations
Year One Cost Example
This example covers the initial implementation of the program in two elementary schools for grades K-5. It assumes two classes per grade in each school involving 12 teachers per school for a total of 24 teachers. Each teacher implements both reading and math PALS.
With 24 classes participating during the school year at 30 students per class, 720 students would participate at a cost of $17.31 per student.