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District hopes software will boost attendance

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

Posted 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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51% of school violence incidents flared in just 10 states last year. Is your state one of them?

Posted on August 20, 2018

Fifty-one percent of all incidents of violence and threats against schools took place in just 10 states during the 2017-18 school year, a report released Monday finds. California, Florida, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia, which are ranked the top 10 “states of concern,” accounted for 1,851 threats and episodes of violence out of 3,654 nationwide, according to the Educator’s School Safety Network.

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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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