Chronic Absenteeism is one of the most accurate predictive pieces of data we have for diagnosing current and future barriers to success.
Whether or not a student attends regularly has a huge impact on their ability to read at grade level by the 3rd grade. (Bruner, Discher, & Chang, 2011)
Additionally, by 6th grade, chronic absenteeism is the MOST accurate predictor that a student may drop out of high school or before. (AttendanceWorks)
In fact, chronic absenteeism’s predictive power increases well into high school, trailing only 9th grade on-track status as the most likely predictor of whether or not a student will graduate on time.
And it is by no means a problem we can afford to ignore. Nationwide, 1 in 7 students are chronically absent. In the state of Oregon, 1 in 6 students are chronically absent. And in the counties of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln, nearly 1 in 4 students are chronically absent.
Thankfully, the Student Investment Account provides us with new resources to support regular school attendance. Below, you’ll find more information on best practices to increase regular attenders. Contact Ross Davis to personalize a plan of support for your school or district.
Theory of Change on Increasing Regular Attenders
Universal Messaging will link to:
- Communication Calendar
- Communication Calendar (COVID version w/ some distance learning links)
- Attendance Campaign Strategy Tips
- Talking Points for Staff
- Every Day Matters Campaign Materials and Templates
- Attendance Lessons
School Attendance Teams Meet Regularly
- Attendance Data is Timely, Accurate, User-Friendly
- MTSS in Place, Practiced with Fidelity
- Identification and Understanding: Root Causes of Chronic Absenteeism
Stakeholders are Engaged / School Climate Data