Decreasing Absenteeism - Increasing Student Success

Photo of Baseline Principal Jonathan Crossley, other principals and vice principals

October 4, 2017 - Today, a training was held for selected schools for a campaign concerning chronic absenteeism. In short, the audience members— especially the principals—were extremely engaged! A trend emerged: we are all on the same page with the importance of this cause. Decreasing the number of chronically absent students in our buildings will inevitably increase student achievement. We want to do our best to engage all stakeholders—parents, students, community members, media, etc—in order to bring awareness and drive results.
Above Article Contributed by Jonathan Crossley
Baseline Academy Principal


                Photo of administrators participating in training session about chronic absenteeism

The training, offered by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, is part of the "Attendance Works" model and is a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success starting with school entry. The foundation is an implementation partner for attendance with the Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Photo shows input from principals about ways to combat absenteeismResearch shows that students who are chronically absent in the early grades are much less likely to read at grade level, and that not being able to read at grade level is a key indicator for high school drop out.  By the time a student enters high school, chronic absenteeism is a better predictor of drop out than test scores. The following slide was presented by trainers which included goals to support desired outcomes.  Stay tuned for additional details in the coming days regarding ways we may all better support our students. 




(Attendance Works Trainers provided info for this story.)