Absenteeism Tag

Importance of Chronic Absenteeism Demonstrated by ESSA

Taylor Swaak writes in The 74 that the issue of chronic absenteeism “has festered into what the U.S. Department of Education has branded a national crisis,” as evidenced by the fact that 36 states and DC included chronic absenteeism in their ESSA accountability plans.

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Arkansas to Focus on Homeless Students

Ginny Monk reports for Arkansas Online that state education officials who work with homeless children say Arkansas’ ESSA plan—which “will rank schools on a variety of factors, including absenteeism”—will “help identify needs and keep more students in school,” including children without stable housing, who “are...

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Letters Home Key to Reducing Chronic Absenteeism?

Kate Stringer reports for The 74 that families “can drastically underestimate how often their children miss school,” but according to new research, when “parents are given accurate information about their children’s absences,” they “can become valuable players in making sure their kids show up at school.”...

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Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Under ESSA

A new strategy paper from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project—Reducing chronic absenteeism under the Every Student Succeeds Act—reviews “the literature and present novel analyses of the factors at the school and student levels that relate to chronic absenteeism,” and finds “that health problems and socioeconomic...

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ESSA = Lots More Info for Pennsylvania Parents

Dale Mezzacappa reports for Philadelphia Public School Notebook that, thanks to Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan, within the next two years Keystone State parents and education stakeholders of all kinds will have a lot more information at their proverbial fingertips, going “far beyond” simple demographics and exam...

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Discipline Rules, Chronic Absenteeism to “Clash” Under ESSA

The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie reports on how tough discipline and chronic absenteeism may “collide” under ESSA. “As more states rate schools based on how many of their students are chronically absent,” she writes, “policymakers must consider harsh discipline practices, an issue at the fore in...

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Chalkbeat Examines How Schools are Addressing Chronic Absenteeism

Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum writes that, under ESSA, schools “across the country are about to be held accountable for student attendance—attaching stakes to a measure that previously had much less significance and increasing the risk that schools will try to manipulate that data.” Of course, “one way...

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