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Using Attendance Data for Decisionmaking: Strategies for State and Local Education Agencies

West | April 26, 2018


Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data
Attendance Works’ Key Ingredients for Systemic Change
Webinar Transcript (PDF)

Time: 11:30 AM Pacific

Description: Nationwide, about 1 in 7 students is chronically absent — defined by the Office for Civil Rights as missing 15 or more days in a year for any reason, or by others as missing 10 percent or more possible days of attendance, whether it is excused or unexcused. When students miss too much school, they fall behind their peers academically, which can have lasting effects throughout their education and hurt their chances to graduate. This webinar will address the importance of accurately tracking student attendance data and how it can be used to make decisions in policy and practice that will support students who are chronically absent get back on track with their attendance.

Presenters Sue Fothergill (Attendance Works) and Laura Hansen (Metro Nashville Public Schools) will share highlights from their work conducting “deep dives” into student attendance data, including understanding the reasons that students are absent and building effective interventions to directly address them. Drawing from the recent National Forum on Education Statistics’ “Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data” and Attendance Works’ “Key Ingredients for Systemic Change,” this webinar will include concrete examples of how state and local education agencies can work within and across their departments and communities to address chronic absence.

As a result of their participation, attendees will:

Participants will also have an opportunity to engage in a group discussion and question-and-answer session with the presenters about what they can do in their settings to more effectively track, understand, and make decisions based on their students’ attendance data.

Audience: State- and district-level staff who are supporting schools and local education agencies to implement effective systems to track student attendance data and make decisions on how best to support chronically absent students.


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