Many schools, districts, and communities that are part of the Campaign are interested in analyzing their attendance data to see if they have made measurable progress in reducing chronic absence for low-income students. To simplify the process, Attendance Works has partnered with Applied Survey Research to develop a customized version of their popular self-calculating spreadsheets for school districts called the District Attendance Tracking Tools (DATTs). These tools are especially effective for smaller districts with more limited data capacity. The companion tools are the School Attendance Tracking Tools (SATTs) which provide school-level analysis down to the individual student level.
Essentially Excel files embedded with formulas, tables, and charts, the DATTs and SATTs are designed to work with a school’s student information system. School districts can upload attendance data and receive an analysis of chronic absence rates by school, grade and racial or ethnic breakdowns, as well as a list of absentee students.
Most importantly, for purposes of the Community Self-Assessment, 2016 Pacesetter Honors and the 2017 All-America City Award, this special edition of the DATT and SATT offers a customized report showing chronic absence by grade level for students receiving free- and reduced-price lunch (FRL).
The DATT and SATT are available free of charge from Attendance Works.