We know there is a problem – but why is this problem happening? To get a sense of the factors that influence chronic absenteeism, check out this in-depth study of the chronic absenteeism plaguing the Sacramento City Unified School District. Though every school and community has unique issues, this study provides a great starting point for the factors that can cause chronic absenteeism to grow.
A presentation such as this one is perfect to watch on your own or even to present to your school. It gives a strong foundation of what chronic absence actually is, why it is such an impediment to student success, and the strategies you can use to decrease chronic absenteeism.
Listen to this piece of radio journalism for an understanding of the dire chronic absenteeism situation in the United States. The numbers may shock you – according to the report, more than 6 million kids miss 15 or more school days a year.
In order to fully assess the issue in your school, you must be able to collect the right data. Check out this article for some free data tools to help you identify chronic absence patterns in your class and in your school.
The most important part of this report is the section about what can be done about chronic absenteeism. It provides in-depth detail on a range of interventions that school districts across the country have implemented with varying success. Use these as a springboard for what you may institute in your school.
These 9 schools and their teachers have taken unconventional approaches to increasing attendance – everything from having celebrities give wake-up calls to students to attendance contests with a brand new car as the grand prize. These are real-life examples implemented in real-life schools – and who knows, maybe one of them could work in your school too.