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Reducing Chronic Absenteeism: Every Day Counts!

Recent research has drawn attention to the high rate of chronic absenteeism in the nation's schools and confirmed its harmful effects on student achievement and graduation outcomes. This 19-minute video helps schools and districts understand that chronic absenteeism is a problem they can address. The prevalence, causes and consequences of chronic absence are described and then three Utah schools —Guadalupe School, South Hills Middle School, and Highland High School— share how they have boosted attendance through:

  • Building a schoolwide culture of good attendance,
  • Using data to identify and monitor at-risk students, and
  • Personalizing outreach and support to these students.

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Reducing Chronic Absence (Supporting the Whole Child)

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July 1, 2016