ERIC Number: ED162424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
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Absenteeism: The Perpetual Problem. The Practitioner, Vol. V, No. 1.
De Leonibus, Nancy
Absenteeism is frequently cited as the most troublesome day-to-day problem for secondary school administrators. There are no perfect answers to the problem. A strong stand on absenteeism usually results in only partial success, but a permissive policy often produces many more absences. A report on absenteeism by Educational Research Service found a correlation between high attendance rates and high achievement scores. Punitive attendance policies appear to result in higher attendance rates for most students and higher achievement scores for students with low IQs, but no achievement gains for high IQ students. In some states, lowering a student's grade solely because of absenteeism is illegal. Incentive programs show mixed results. The best attendance policies involve administrators, teachers, students, and parents in policy-making. The most successful policies are strong, specify expectations and outcomes clearly, are well publicized, and are consistently enforced. A description of attendance policies and procedures used throughout the country concludes this newsletter. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Demonstration Programs, Educational Policy, Principals, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Truancy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
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