Giving Compass’ Take:
• Schools are working harder under ESSA guidelines to address problems of chronic absenteeism. Some have seen success in increasing student attendance by creating more engaging school environments.
• Can outside organizations partner with schools to offer programming that will encourage attendance?
• Read these eight steps to prevent chronic absenteeism.
Absenteeism is a significant issue in the United States, A U.S. Department of Education report cited by District Administration states 6 million students miss at least 15 days of school per year. And students of color and those living in poverty are often overrepresented in absenteeism data.
Valerie L. Marsh, an assistant professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, and Rochester East Upper School and East Lower School Superintendent for Educational Partnership Organizations Shaun Nelms write for District Administration on the lessons learned from a recent partnership focused on stemming chronic absenteeism in urban schools.
Through the partnership, Warner School compared high schools with similar demographics but high attendance rates, finding that the schools with better attendance had engaging environments. Once these lessons were applied, East Upper’s attendance went from 77% to 82%, while East Lower’s average attendance rate rose to 90%.
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 has prompted 70% of states to use “chronic absenteeism” metrics in federally mandated accountability plans. Some districts are now intervening, for example, if a student misses three days of school, or immediately if there is a prior chronic absenteeism problem.
Read the full article about boosting student attendance by Shawna De La Rosa at Education Dive
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