New Research Finds Consistent School-Home Communication and Relationship Building Essential to Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in K-12 Schools
Report finds growing disparity in absence rates among historically marginalized student groups
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., May 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As K-12 students recover from COVID pandemic learning disruptions, chronic absenteeism – which spiked during the pandemic – continues to be a critical issue in U.S. public schools, with some districts seeing even higher levels of absenteeism than during the pandemic.
A new report released today by School Innovations and Achievement (SI&A), shines a spotlight on this issue and provides insight into patterns of chronic absenteeism as well as details on mitigation strategies that have been highly successful at improving attendance in K-12 schools. The report, "Chronic Absence Patterns Across California Schools," analyzed attendance for nearly 325,000 PK-12 students in 30 districts across California from March 2022 to March 2023 and found that consistent school-home communication and data-informed, systemic interventions are vital for improving student attendance.
Key findings of the report include:
SI&A is an education software company that provides innovative, data-driven solutions that help K-12 school administrators track, manage and improve student attendance. SI&A has been working with California school districts for 20+ years to address and improve absenteeism. The "Chronic Absence Patterns Across California Schools," report shows that overall, SI&A partners saw better levels of attendance throughout the state with some achieving dramatic increases in attendance. In Sanger Unified School District, for example, a district that works with SI&A, the rate of chronic absenteeism decreased from 31% to 17% from 2022 to 2023.
Based on its work with schools over the last 20+ years, SI&A offers the following recommendations for districts addressing absenteeism:
About the SI&A "Chronic Absence Patterns Across California Schools" Report
SI&A is a supplier of reports for the California Department of Education, which help provide information on the state of attendance. The company was contacted by the Department of Education in 2020 to help offer data and insight on absenteeism. The SI&A "Chronic Absence Patterns Across California Schools" report includes data from March 2022 through March 2023, and examined attendance for nearly 325,000 PK-12 students in the 30 districts across 17 counties in California. To learn more, you can download the full report here.
For the last two decades, SI&A has been recognized for providing best-in-class, innovative, award-winning software and service solutions for some of the toughest issues in K-12 education. SI&A empowers and supports school districts with programs that generate and protect revenue, achieve attendance and performance goals, streamline processes, and fulfill regulatory obligations. In 2022, SI&A was acquired by The SchoolStatus Group. For more information, visit sia-us.com.
About The SchoolStatus Group
The SchoolStatus Group provides a comprehensive suite of data and communication solutions that enhance educator effectiveness, automate workflows, support professional development, and improve student outcomes by facilitating meaningful engagement between teachers, districts, and families. The SchoolStatus Group products give educators instant insight into the information they need for data-driven decision-making, removing technology, language, and access barriers for school-home communications. With more than two hundred million successful parent-teacher interactions, and millions of users across all product lines, The SchoolStatus Group drives meaningful results for districts across the US. For more information, visit schoolstatus.com.
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