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Why Attendance Matters for Out of School Time. ________________________________________ www. Attendanceworks.org. What Do We Mean By School Attendance?.
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Chronic Absence: missing 10% or more of school over the course of an academic year for any reason. Research shows 10% is associated with declining academic performance. No standard definition exists.
Satisfactory Attendance: missing 5% or less over the course of an academic year for any reason.
Truancy: refers only to unexcused absences and is defined by each state, according to NCLB.
Average Daily Attendance: the percent of enrolled students who attend school each day.
Varying levels of chronic absence among 10 Baltimore schools with 95%ADA
Among poor children, chronic K absence in predicted lower 5th grade achievement.
Source: National Center for Children In Poverty
Source: Baltimore Education Research Consortium
On Time Graduation Correlation to 9th Grade Attendance
Source: Allensworth & Easton, What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools,
Consortium on Chicago School Research at U of C, July 2007
Good OST programs can:
3) 9% of 1st graders in the entire nation in 2008 were chronic absentees (Early Childhood Longitudinal Study)
4) All 5th graders who were chronically absent in kindergarten had lower academic performance in reading and math and poor children had the lowest performance, especially Latino youth (National Center for Child Poverty)
5) Children who attend school less than 80% of the time have an 80-90% chance of not graduating on time (Herzog and Balfanz, The Early Warning Indicators Project, 2005)
* Creating the culture/atmosphere
* Encouraging providers to be proactive with school personnel, recruitment efforts, varied student data sets, parents, and youth themselves
* Offering training in our OST Professional Development Project
* Engaging our “other” OST systems to follow suit
* Partnering with DHS Parenting Collaborative and PA Keys/SERK
* Mega-system data analysis
* Identify and address barriers to school attendance
* (Pre-recorded) Celebrity automated phone calls
* Application of chronic absence data to allocate relevant resources including OST programming
* Interagency task forces
*Varied partner and community collaborations
*Weekly interdisciplinary attendance review teams
School and citywide attendance events
* Add yours and tell others
Characteristics of Effective Strategies
Source: Present, Engaged & Accounted For
Step 1: Create Culture of Attendance Starting in Your Afterschool Program.
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