The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' new report details chronic absence data in the state – and some strategies to address the issue. It's accompanied by a new online toolkit to help principals develop a comprehensive plan to reduce chronic absence in their schools.
The report includes an analysis by AACF of data from the Arkansas Department of Education showing a number of insights including:
* Over 13 percent of kindergarten and first grade students miss a month or more of school.
* One-quarter of chronically absent students were concentrated in just ten percent of the state’s 522 elementary schools in 2014-15.
Make Every Day Count: Reducing Chronic Absence in Arkansas Schools outlines tiered interventions that have been used by bright spot schools to make every day count. You can download the report.
A new online toolkit, Leading Attendance in Arkansas: How principals can help students succeed by reducing chronic absence, outlines five strategies:
1. Cultivate a School-Wide Culture of Attendance
2. Use Data to Determine Need for Additional Support
3. Take a Team Approach and Develop Staff Capacity
4. Tap All Available Resources to Improve Attendance
5. Advocate for Resources and Improved Policy
These two new resources support AR-GLR’s Make Every Day Count initiative, a partnership with Attendance Works.