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Researchers urge states to take serious look at attendance data

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

Posted 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 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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The Use of Student Attendance to Build Districtwide Trauma-Informed Care

Posted on August 14, 2018

Watch one of our school district partners on Solutions to the Dropout Crisis in exploring the systems and processes implemented by the East Central Independent School District (ISD) in San Antonio, TX, on their road to becoming a trauma-informed district. Because many of the students in the district are beyond at risk, East Central ISD adopted a districtwide approach to meet students’ physical and emotional needs related to trauma.

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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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