Articles from 2016

Texting to aid attendance

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 20, 2016

Research organization MDRC teamed up with New Visions for Public Schools to see if texts could improve student attendance. Now for the bad news. The answer is “no.”

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State looks to distribute big absenteeism grant this year

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 15, 2016

(Calif.) State officials charged with allocating $29 million in grant money aimed largely at reducing chronic absenteeism are hopeful about getting most of that money awarded this fiscal year with an application process starting perhaps in March.

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PUSD: Raising Attendance - Why It Matters

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 05, 2016

“Skipping just two days of school each month puts children at risk academically,” says Paul-Michael Dalton, who leads Pasadena Unified’s attendance initiatives and serves as chair of the district’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB). “Whether excused or unexcused, excessive school absences in early elementary school grades are a predictor of lower reading levels by third grade, struggles in middle school, behavior issues, a higher likelihood of dropping out of school, and lower levels of college attendance.”

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Taking Attendance

Posted by amandam@sia-us.com on December 05, 2016

Districts develop multiple solutions to address state’s chronic attendance problem. Eighty-five percent of California school districts now track attendance over time, and most are using that data to improve their numbers. Pasadena Unified School District contracted with Attention2Attendance® (A2A), a leading attendance software and service solution provided by CASBO Strategic Alliance Partner School Innovations & Achievement. The service has easily “paid for itself,” since the district receives increased funding due to increased attendance, says Pasadena Unified’s superintendent Brian MacDonald.

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District Administration Top 100 Products 2016

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 01, 2016

Spotlight on school solutions: District Administration magazine readers pick top education tools, including Attention2Attendance, for powering learning processes, simplifying administrative tasks

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SI&A is closing the achievement gap: national recognition four years running

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 01, 2016

(El Dorado Hills, Calif.) School Innovations & Achievement’s groundbreaking achievement program has been recognized for the fourth straight year as a Readers Choice Top 100 product by District Administration magazine.

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5 Reasons Schools Should Measure Chronic Absence

Posted by Rebecca Labau on November 03, 2016

How do you judge how good a school is? Test scores? Culture? Attendance? In the new federal education law, states are asked to use five measures of student success. The first four are dictated by the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. Three are related to academics — like annual tests and graduation rates. The fourth measures proficiency of English language learners.

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States should use chronic absenteeism as ESSA indicator

Posted by Rebecca Labau on November 02, 2016

A new white paper from the Brookings Institute suggests that states should use chronic absenteeism as the critical fifth indicator of school performance called for under the newly adopted Every Student Succeeds Act.

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