“This is an incredible watershed moment,” declared Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works at the 2017 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) State Leads meeting. This annual gathering, held this year on November 13 in Orlando, FL., creates opportunities for leaders to exchange ideas on advancing the work of ensuring that children read at grade level by the end of third grade.
Chang moderated a panel describing strategic opportunities for GLR state leaders and local GLR campaigns to leverage the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans in states. At this pivotal moment - with 36 and the District of Columbia including measuring attendance as part of their school quality indicator for their state accountability rubric - states and communities have the opportunity to leverage the law to address chronic absence, Chang said. Sue Fothergill, Associate Director for Policy at Attendance Works also discussed the opportunities for states to take action.
“The good news is that the state is very willing to work with us,” said Angela Duran, Campaign Director of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “Our state seems to be doing a very good job breaking down the silos. Chronic absence is not something to the side but a necessary precondition to achieving education goals,” Duran said.
Read more in the full blog post on the Attendance Works website .