Taking attendance seriously in the new Civil Rights Data Collection

Posted on June 18, 2018

It was the second time that all public schools in the U.S. were required to report the share of its students who were chronically absent, in this case missing three or more weeks of school. Until two years ago, the national scope of chronic absenteeism had been unknown because most schools were not measuring it and few states were reporting it.

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Reducing Student Absenteeism in the Early Grades by Targeting Parental Beliefs

Posted on June 12, 2018

Challenging parent misconceptions about absenteeism can significantly boost student attendance, says a new study in the American Educational Research Journal.

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Research: Effective Communication Can Reduce Absenteeism 10 Percent

Posted on May 01, 2018

Telling parents that absences matter and offering suggestions for eliminating them reduces absenteeism by as much as 10 percent, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard and Berkeley.

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The power of a postcard: Trimming truancy

Posted on April 27, 2018

Could a simple postcard, properly deployed, make a measurable impact on student absenteeism from school? The answer is yes. “Reports of the death of mail are greatly exaggerated,” quips Todd Rogers. A professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Rogers runs a lab that develops high-impact interventions to improve educational outcomes.

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Scalable, cost-effective intervention helps parents improve student attendance, new study finds

Posted on April 26, 2018

Informing parents about not just when but how often their children miss school reduces absenteeism by 10 percent or more at every level from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.

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Reducing student absences at scale by targeting parents’ misbeliefs

Posted on April 23, 2018

The most effective [peronalized information treatments] reduced chronic absenteeism by 10% or more, partly by correcting parents’ biased beliefs about their children’s total accumulated absences.

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Tie high school graduation to student attendance and passing grades

Posted on February 26, 2018

Thanks to a system of tracking freshmen attendance and grades, Chicago’s high school graduation rate is up more than 20 percentage points and is approaching the national average, despite having a student population that is much poorer than the nation as a whole.

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Eagle Point graduation coaches make vital connections with struggling students

Posted on December 14, 2017

The program was so successful the first year that the district brought the coach back to help sophomores and hired another to coach the freshmen.

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