September is an exciting month for students, parents, and everyone involved in education. It’s the first official month of the school year and all students have a clean attendance record. Now is a great opportunity for students, parents, and educators to set up positive school habits that enable great school attendance throughout the school year, and for many years to come. That’s why September has been named Attendance Awareness Month, and we’re excited to celebrate and support the fourth annual campaign to improve school attendance nationwide.
There’s been a lot of news this summer about the chronic absenteeism that’s rampant across the country in our schools. Absences, whether excused or unexcused, have a proven correlation to lack of literacy in elementary students, multiple failed classes in middle school, and eventual drop out for high school students.
Chronic Absenteeism Facts
- Research shows that missing 2 or more days of school in September is a warning sign that a student will have attendance problems all year long
- Positive rewards, when implemented with fidelity, are proven to improve attendance by as much as 44%
- By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school
- Most school districts and states don’t examine the right data to improve school attendance
Improving Chronic Absenteeism
AttendanceWorks.org is leading the charge for the fourth annual Attendance Awareness Month in an effort to encourage schools and communities to remember that Relationships Matter for Attendance. They have a vast number of resources and information that you can use to educate your community on the importance of regular attendance. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite resources from their website that we hope you will check out:
- District Attendance Tracking Tools – Applied Survey Research developed tools to help small districts track the right data and analyze it.
- Using Data to Drive Action – A pre-recorded webinar that talks about the importance of analyzing data to drive results.
- MENTOR Toolkit – Quality mentoring can have a significant impact on improving school attendance and student success.
- Spread the word on social media – Sample tweets, Facebook posts, and graphics you can use for any platform.
- Spread the word in your school – Downloadable posters and stickers that you can post around your school for the month of September or all year round!
- Stay up to date – Sign up to receive regular updates and tips for improving attendance.
Chalkable's Learning Earning Achievement Program combines data-driven decision making with promoting positive school climate – we use a combination of data analysis, ongoing teacher coaching, and student reward to achieve these results.
Read a case study on how Lafayette County Schools in Mississippi improved attendance last school year.
Our program has proved to dramatically improve school attendance rates time after time. If you’re ready to take the first step in improving school attendance in your school or district this year, we would love to talk to you to help you lead the charge.
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