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Long rated by test scores, schools may soon be judged on student absenteeism too

Posted on April 19, 2017

Of the dozen states that have laid out their plans for holding schools accountable under the new federal law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, 10 are aiming to use chronic absenteeism as a factor in identifying their best and worst schools. So is the District of Columbia.

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Which School Quality Factors Are States Including in Their ESSA Plans?

Posted on April 06, 2017

One of the parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act that excited educators the most was the chance to look beyond test scores in gauging school performance, to factors like absenteeism, access to advanced coursework, and even grit.

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Attention2Attendance clients lead model attendance award winners

Posted on March 30, 2017

Want to know who’s an innovator? Nearly a quarter of the 27 school districts recognized Thursday for operating a model student attendance program utilize an early-warning intervention system from School Innovations & Achievement. Read full article to find out!

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 Model School Attendance Program Winners

Posted on March 30, 2017

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that 27 school attendance programs were recognized as Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARBs) for innovative and effective practices to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and chronic absenteeism.

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How chronic absenteeism affects school children’s performance

Posted on March 10, 2017

It seems simple: The more kids are in school, the better they do academically. But educators across the state are having a hard time getting some students to class.

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SI&A offers new tool to address chronic absenteeism

Posted on January 17, 2017

Press release: School Innovations & Achievement, a national leader in improving academic outcomes for K-12 students, announces the launch of a groundbreaking early-warning tool as part of its acclaimed attendance management system, Attention2Attendance®.

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Texting to aid attendance

Posted 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 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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