There’s always something going on at the Attendance Institute. Here is where you can find the latest news, articles and event details.

What’s news

County attendance campaign: strive for less than 5 absences

Posted September 18, 2018
As more education officials dive deep into their own county, district or school attendance data, even those with high rates of daily attendance are discovering that too many children are slipping through the cracks.

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One Louisiana D.A. cracks down on parents of truant kids

Posted August 17, 2018
With schools in many districts back in session, it’s important that parents start the year off strong by getting their kids to school on time, every day. If improving your child’s chances to get to college or become work-place ready by high school isn’t motivation enough, consider what happened to nearly 20 Louisiana families in recent months when their children were found to be truant:

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Parents need help to better track their child’s attendance

Posted May 1o, 2018
With the help of modern technology we can track the number of steps we take, our packages out for delivery and even how many hours of sleep we get each night, but according to a new study, we still have a difficult time keeping tabs on how many days of school our students miss.

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Oregon districts seek state money to improve attendance/ reduce drop-outs

Posted March 15, 2018
School districts throughout Oregon are aiming for a share of about $170 million in new state support to address the needs of high school students with poor attendance rates who are at-risk of dropping out.

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Boosting attendance takes more than student incentives

Posted Feb 23, 2018
As school districts work to improve attendance rates, some administrators are looking to get quick results by offering children with perfect or improved attendance things like bicycles or mp3 players, or other prizes.

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School refusal: what it is, and how districts/parents can help

Posted Feb 22, 2018
Some mornings, getting a child ready for school can be difficult. They’re too tired to wake up on time; they left their lunchbox at school; or they lost one of their shoes. But for parents of students who face overwhelming waves of anxiety or some irrational fear that lead to what experts call “school refusal,” even getting a child dressed can become an all-consuming activity.

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Study: Improve attendance by addressing student mental health

Posted Jan 19, 2018
A new study on the effects of untreated mental health disorders on attendance and other academic indicators among Australian students highlights an area ripe for improvement among schools even in the United States, where nearly half of adolescents experience issues with mental health.

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Attendance improves when schools emphasize students’ physical fitness

Posted Jan 19, 2018
Elementary school students who are physically active for at least 60 minutes each day are not only more likely to be healthier, but are also more likely to regularly attend school, according to a recent study.

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Attendance becomes a national performance goal

01-02-2018
When Congress revised the nation’s primary law governing K-12 schools in 2012, there was an effort to scale back emphasis on standardized test scores and get states to look creatively at how to measure student performance. Today, the U.S. Department of Education has received plans from each state on how they will comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. And the most common accountability measure being used along with test scores is attendance.

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Truant citations don’t always solve the problem

01-02-2018
The number of students formally identified as truant in Ventura County fell by almost 78 percent between the 2015 and 2016 school years. It would be great to learn that such a dramatic turnaround meant more kids were in class—but that’s not quite right.

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Study: attendance–not test scores—indicates success

01-02-2018
A recent study from the University of Chicago showed that attendance was a better indicator of student success than test scores. Researchers looked at a cohort of eighth graders as they made choices about where to attend high school in 2013. One group decided on charter schools, another attended the district feeder high school.

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When is it legal to keep a special needs student home?

01-02-2018
A majority of parents with students in special education programs (or with IEPs or 504s) have felt the desire to, or actually kept their child out of school for an extended period of time (from a couple of days to an infinite amount of time) for reasons such as an issue with a teacher, testing, bullying by other students, certain school rules and/or placement decision disagreements, just to name a few.

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Count the Days to Better Attendance: 5 Easy Steps

12-02-2015
It sounds old school, but yes print out a monthly calendar for each of your children. Out of sight out of mind…. This saying applies to student absences. When you don’t see the number of absences, you don’t realize the impact on your child’s short and long term achievement.

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Maybe school success comes down to showing up

10-24-2015
The Sacramento Bee
All children have a wellspring of energy, enthusiasm and potential waiting to be tapped. The beginning of that path to success begins with showing up prepared, engaged and ready to learn each school day.

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