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Superintendent Shumate makes attendance the priority

Absenteeism is often the lead indicator that students are struggling. Making attendance the priority paid off for Dr. Brian Shumate, Superintendent at Troup County School System. He remembers when he started with Attention2Attendance (A2A) as Superintendent in Medford, Oregon, where they moved test scores above state averages and raised graduation rates by 15 points in only four years.

"By allowing our staff to engage in a more human way with families that are struggling has created a different type of atmosphere—they feel more cared about." Dr. Shumate shared. A2A is the underlying system to create the type of school district that makes students, families and staff feel supported. Through accurate and non-aggregated data, Dr. Shumate uses data to "be honest about what's going on." He draws a, "Direct correlation between kids who are chronically absent and their performance overall: GPA, state assessments, social-emotional health, etc. Those are all the kinds of things that go hand-in-hand."

We'd like to thank Dr. Shumate, Dr. Randall and Attendance Works Executive Director, Hedy Chang, for sharing their experience and expertise at our live (Mar. 2, 2021) webinar: Insights & Data Tracking: Eliminating barriers to attendance and participation (Part 3)

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