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5 Tips to Reduce Student Absenteeism

Chronic student absenteeism continues to be one of the biggest barriers to equal achievement among all student groups.

District administrators, community leaders, teachers, and parents across the country have long recognized student absenteeism’s damaging implications for student achievement, but recently the issue has become widespread enough to gain priority at the state level. Iowa created a Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council as part of a statewide initiative to close the skills gap. In California, the state declared a school attendance crisisafter a Department of Justice report found that 210,000 K-5 grade students missed 10 percent of the school year.

In fact, in June 2016, the U.S. Department of Education found that chronic absenteeism is widespread and prevalent among all student groups, regardless of geography, race and ethnicity, and grade level.

Raising student attendance rates is huge priority for school districts, but it poses a multi-faceted challenge. We’ve found that districts often turn to data to uncover attendance trends and to perception feedback to craft a strategy to reengage this population.

In this report we share how we helped one school district and its administration identify underlying factors that contribute to student absenteeism and incorporate successful strategies that other, peer districts have implemented.

Strategies to help you

Examines research-based strategies to improve attendance

A Johns Hopkins University study found that chronically absent students are 15 percent behind their peers with respect to literacy and 12 percent with respect to math by the end of Grade 1.  Later, chronically absent students are less likely to graduate, to attend college . . . the consequences last a lifetime.

Download the guide for a systematic, data-driven framework for identifying the most promising opportunities while minimizing risk.

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