No, schools don't provide tutors. It's a funding issue. (Maybe because we're spending millions every year on tests!
)Kids with documented disabilities don't get tutors, either. They get accommodations, most of which are up to the teacher to make for the student. Depending on the state, they may also get time in a resource room with a special ed teacher. Unless their disability is severe enough to warrant a self-contained program, that is.
Examples of accommodations to help students with learning disabilities:
-- Extended time on tests/assignments
-- Modification of materials
-- Change in text
-- Having tests read to them
-- Multiple repetitions of directions
-- Being able to dictate answers to an adult
-- Being able to use calculators on math problems
-- Being able to use a word processor instead of hand writing something
-- Assisted note taking (having another student do this)
-- Small group setting for tests
-- Alternative test format (having only five problems/questions per page, say.)
-- Reduction in number/length of assignments
-- Preferential seating
In some schools (those with a lack of funding), it is up to an individual classroom teacher to make all of these accommodations for a student. She must find time to sit with one student and read them the test in a small group setting, etc. All of these accommodations are fine, it's just that the gov't isn't willing to provide money to help schools make these accommodations. And when a teacher has 150 students (one year I had 180), it is very hard to make all of these for every child with documented need. I have had one class with nine students who all had many accommodations and who all needed preferential seating. Unfortunately, I don't have that many front row seats.
Here is what has happened with the standardization of American education and the focus on student test scores. People figure the high-achieving students will do well regardless of what happens (stupid, I know). (There is no money for gifted education.) So you have Herculean efforts to bring up the bottom third of students to passing level, and you have the ignoring of gifted and more average students. You have the bottom end of the curve being brought up, but you also have the top end of the curve being brought down. We are creating schools where each and every student -- yours included -- will be entitled to a mediocre education.