With proven strategies and tools, this book offers a multitiered approach to improving K-12 student attendance.
For students to be successful in school, they first have to be in school say the authors, who launch a compelling case for prioritizing student attendance. They provide school and district-level administrators and teams with background information, strategies, and tools needed to improve attendance and prevent chronic absence. They dispel the myth that educators have little control over student attendance and provide success stories from schools that have reversed longstanding patterns of absenteeism. Citing extensive research, they share details about the prevalence of chronic absence in U.S. schools and its effects on students, teachers, families, and the school community. They discuss replacing punitive approaches with effective methods that begin with universal supports and continue through Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions for students with more persistent problems.