SI&A is closing the achievement gap: national recognition four years running
December 01, 2016
(El Dorado Hills, Calif.) School Innovations & Achievement’s groundbreaking achievement program has been recognized for the fourth straight year as a Readers Choice Top 100 product by District Administration magazine.
The Achievement Initiative, featuring Attention2Attendance®, is helping close the achievement gap among more than 2 million students in six states, once again earned the national recognition among a competitive field of more than 1,500 entries as the result of votes cast by its school clients.
“We are very gratified to again to be included on this prestigious list,” said Jeff Williams, School Innovations & Achievement’s president and chief executive officer. “But I think what is most compelling about this award is that it came from our clients. The district and school personnel that actually use Attention2Attendance on a daily basis and can see firsthand how our software and services are making a difference in the lives of students.”
Based on the fundamental, but often overlooked, link between good attendance habits and improved academic achievement, the Achievement Initiative provides a seamless connection between school staff, district administrators and parents that ensures early intervention and careful monitoring.
Districts that partner with SI&A and make the commitment to focus on attendance are closing the achievement gap. Through early and consistent interventions, they have reported and an increase in communications with parents of 975 percent and as a result, graduation rates among at-risk students have increased about 15.5 percent on average.
The Achievement Initiative is currently being employed by districts in California, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.
District Administration magazine has a readership of more than 200,000 K-12 school leaders in virtually every district in the U.S.