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How To Tackle Student Absenteeism

Education Next – Todd Rogers and Carly Robinson

“With the pressure on to reduce the number of school days missed, many schools have introduced attendance awards to incentivize students. A few years ago, we set out to test this strategy. Along with Jana Gallus at University of California, Los Angeles and Monica Lee at Stanford University, we conducted a randomized controlled experiment involving 15,329 middle and high school students across 14 districts in California. These students, who all had a perfect month of attendance during the preceding fall semester, were randomly assigned to one of two groups involving awards, or a control group that received no additional communications and served as the comparison.” (more)

Child anxiety could be factor in school absences, research concludes

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“New research has concluded that anxiety can be a factor in poor school attendance among children and young people. A team at the University of Exeter Medical School conducted a systematic review, which analyses all available evidence in the field. The study, published in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, increases our understanding of the link between anxiety and poor school attendance, particularly when unexcused.” (more)

Chronic absenteeism in California schools up slightly, new data show

Ed Source – David Washburn

“It is the most obvious and important contributor to student success and yet something many California school districts are not doing well: getting students to show up for school. More than 1 in 10 students statewide were chronically absent from school in 2017-18, meaning they missed at least 10 percent of the school year, according to recent data released by the California Department of Education.” (more)

To understand absenteeism, take a closer look at data

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“To better understand why some students are chronically absent, school leaders need to look beyond just the number of days students are missing, John Rice, the deputy director of San Francisco-based research center WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West, explains in an article for R&D Alert.” (more)

K12 attendance in action

District Administration – Deborah Yaffe

“Years ago, it was easy for districts to ignore what high average daily-attendance numbers can conceal: kids, sometimes lots of them, who miss weeks of school every year. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act has changed that calculus. For the first time, the law requires states to report chronic-absenteeism rates, and more than two-thirds of the states use those rates as indicators of school success in federally mandated accountability plans.” (more)

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

Education Next – Phyllis W. Jordan

“As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss too much school. Recognizing this, 36 states and the District of Columbia have begun holding schools accountable for chronic student absenteeism under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” (more)