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Attendance rates set to become federal benchmark

Posted on April 28, 2015

(Calif.) Already a key reporting requirement of the state’s new accountability system, attendance rates would now also become one of three measures used by federal officials to gauge school performance in California.

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Many Sacramento-area school districts exceed state average for truancy

Posted on April 18, 2015

A new report from the California attorney general assessed rates of student absenteeism and its financial impact on school districts. Superintendents from the districts with the highest truancy rates signal a larger difficulty: Many schools struggle to understand what are excused absences and how to consistently record the data.

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Mandates return to the spotlight

Posted on April 14, 2015

From the CASBO Newsletter: Districts should take advantage of this opportunity and heed the advice of trade organizations, including CASBO and the California School Boards Association, that are recommending districts continue to file all initial claims, as well as claims that fall outside of the block grant.

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CA’s education chief honors district using SI&A’s K-12 attendance system

Posted on April 14, 2015

(El Dorado Hills, Calif.) Hayward Unified School District won designation last week from California schools chief Tom Torlakson for outstanding efforts in reducing chronic student absenteeism and improving dropout rates aided by a highly successful 21st Century attendance intervention software developed by School Innovations & Achievement.

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Hayward, Berkeley schools praised for attendance improvement, dropout prevention

Posted on April 07, 2015

The Hayward school district launched an attendance awareness campaign with Attention2Attendance, and has sent positive communication letters to parents of students in danger of becoming chronically absent.

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Researcher’s webinar challenges attendance myths

Posted on April 06, 2015

“A lot of people think performance is all about tested skills and so there’s been a lot of money put into programs aimed at improving student test scores – but what we find is that improvements in attendance in the middle grades are associated with better high school outcomes than improving test scores,” said Allensworth.

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Districts giving extra attention to attendance - Video

Posted on March 04, 2015

A Jackson County school district getting attention for its method to get students to show up to class. School leaders say it’s simple, but it takes everyone playing a role.

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What’s the point of data

Posted on February 25, 2015

It wasn’t long ago that data was often underutilized, rarely talked about, or had limited attention by education leaders. Today it’s an entirely different story. It’s hard pressed these days not to see articles in trade journals, presentations and forums at conferences, and local discussions around how best to report data, disaggregate information, or how to use data to make informed decisions.

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