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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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This East Bay school district’s success in getting kids to school is a model for the state

Posted on December 14, 2017

About 40 miles east of San Francisco, the Pittsburg Unified School District tracks chronic absentees and uses the data to educate families about the importance of attendance — and offer them all kinds of support to help kids get to school on time each day.

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Eagle Point attendance initiative pays attention to every student, every class, every time

Posted on December 13, 2017

Administrators say their attendance successes are founded on building relationships between staff and student.

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Eagle Point boosts graduation rate through attention to attendance

Posted on December 12, 2017

Eagle Point administrators say there is a direct link between their focus on a culture of showing up and their graduation rate.

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