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What One District’s Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence

Posted on June 06, 2016

Working to fix chronic absenteeism, a district analyzed their attendance data and came up with a community directive: Strive for fewer than 5 absences a school year. It was called Challenge 5.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Recognizes Model Programs

Posted on April 05, 2016

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that he will recognize nine school attendance programs for using positive, innovative approaches to keep students in school.

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ESSA puts new emphasis on improving student attendance

Posted on March 01, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 10, 2015, eliminates the most onerous accountability mandate on schools – adequate yearly progress – while giving states new freedom to design and implement their own systems for measuring student performance.

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Obama takes aim at K-12 absenteeism

Posted on February 22, 2016

President Barack Obama is seeking to curb absenteeism among K-12 students with two new initiatives. The proposal calls for the My Brother’s Keeper program to introduce “Success Mentors” and for a national campaign to educate parents about the effects of chronic absenteeism.

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Fresno Unified teachers demand stricter discipline

Posted on December 15, 2015

Fresno Unified teachers are demanding stricter discipline policies and increased campus safety, saying classrooms have become dangerous because student misconduct is often ignored. Teachers also say they are not notified, per state law, when students with a history of violence are placed in their class.

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Congress makes school attendance a national priority

Posted on December 15, 2015

Increasing the emphasis on getting more of the nation’s K-12 students to show up for class, the newly-approved federal education law will require Title I schools to report chronic absenteeism broken down by subgroup. The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed by President Barack Obama last week, does away with the most onerous accountability mandate on schools – adequate yearly progress – while giving states new flexibility to design and implement their own systems for measuring student performance.

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How A School’s Attendance Number Hides Big Problems

Posted on December 07, 2015

Experts call chronic absence an “unseen force” hidden behind average daily attendance figures of 90 or 95 percent that schools hail as a sign of success.

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For third year, Attention2Attendance named District Administration Readers’ Choice Top Product

Posted on December 01, 2015

Selected from more than 2,100 nominations, the editors of District Administration magazine proudly named Attention2Attendance (A2A) among their 2015 Readers’ Choice Top Products. This annual award program alerts superintendents and other senior school leaders to the best products their colleagues around the country use to achieve district excellence.

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