Articles from 2018

Chronic Absenteeism a Major Problem in U.S. Schools

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 03, 2018

More than 15 percent of students are missing almost a month of school. Districts don’t know how to address the issue.

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Collaborative Leadership: Dr. Adam Clark’s Not-So-Secret Weapons to Win the Battle for Achievement

Posted by Rebecca Labau on December 01, 2018

“We have about a 91 percent attendance rate here,” says Dr. Adam Clark, superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District, “and that may sound okay—until you realize it means that on any given day, 1,000 students are absent.” In a district of 12,500 students in 22 different schools, “that’s not acceptable.”

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Tapping Federal Dollars to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

Posted by Rebecca Labau on November 15, 2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in late 2015, requires schools and districts to report the number of students missing too many days in excused and unexcused absences, and 36 states and the District of Columbia have included chronic absenteeism in their systems for measuring school performance under ESSA.

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Researchers urge states to take serious look at attendance data

Posted by Rebecca Labau on October 01, 2018

(District of Columbia) Schools struggling to close achievement gaps between student subgroups should take a deeper look at their attendance data, as new research has found linkage between absenteeism rates and some demographic factors such as race, ethnicity, language, and poverty and disability status.

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District hopes software will boost attendance

Posted by Rebecca Labau on September 15, 2018

“The program is not only the hammer program that says your kid has missed school, get them there,” Harris said of Attention to Attendance, “it’s also the program that says, hey you’re doing great, you’ve got a 97 percent attendance rate. Later they get another postcard that says you’re still on track, keep going. And they’re customized with my signature on them.”

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Getting to the Root of Chronic Absence

Posted by Rebecca Labau on September 04, 2018

School accountability for chronic absence is coming fast and at a massive scale―and without much in the way of pilots or prior experience. How schools, systems, and states approach this measure could determine whether ESSA accountability really is richer and more effective than NCLB, or more of the same.

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New attendance tracking system will aid in district efforts to identify and help struggling kids

Posted by amandam@sia-us.com on August 28, 2018

“A2A is like a safety net for kids because it’ll let us know when they’ve missed three days, when they’ve missed five days, and when we need to have a conference with their family–because a lot of the time parents may not be aware their child is missing school or how much school they’ve missed,” Hudson said. “But if you can get the kids who aren’t coming to school to actually come to school, that’s where you’re going to see the largest gains.”

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East Central ISD Program Improves Truancy Rates; How-To Guide Now Available Online

Posted by amandam@sia-us.com on August 20, 2018

East Central ISD tried a new approach to improving truancy rates in the district: school staff began working to identify and eliminate barriers to success by providing students and families with resources to help address the issue.

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