We all know that chronic absence in the early grades often results in students not learning to read by third grade. A new study shows that teachers didn't feel excessively burdened when they took the lead in a program that significantly reduced absenteeism among 1st, 2nd grade students!
Called the Early Truancy Prevention Project, the program was designed to boost attendance of primary-grade kids by facilitating communication between teachers and parents. The teachers took the lead role in intervening with students when attendance problems emerged.
The researchers report that the program:
* reduced the prevalence of frequent absences by about 10%
* is the first program for younger students to have demonstrated effectiveness
* was implemented in 20 classrooms in five high-poverty public elementary schools
* teachers reported improved communication between parents and teachers.
Check it out and download the full study: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Vo6ohNfKdi2b