ERIC Number: ED239416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
School Attendance Improvement: A Blueprint for Action.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
From 1981 through 1983, 32 schools in 28 districts participated in the pilot study authorized by California's School Attendance Improvement Act. On the basis of that study, the first of this report's two chapters offers six steps for a comprehensive approach to improving attendance: (1) assessing actual attendance, (2) developing policies and procedures for improving attendance, (3) selecting program strategies, (4) streamlining reporting systems, (5) orienting staff members, and (6) involving community members. Chapter 1 concludes with an attendance improvement program assessment checklist. Chapter 2 of the document outlines four strategies for improving attendance: (1) school-to-home contact, (2) rewards for good attendance, (3) preventive measures (such as counseling, tutoring, and independent study), and (4) negative consequences for poor atendance (such as inhouse suspension, Saturday school programs, and truancy reduction programs like the "Operation Stay in School" program started in Fresno and now used statewide). Each of the descriptions of the four strategies in chapter 2 is followed by tips on strategy implementation. A table detailing the use of various attendance improvement strategies by schools participating in the pilot study is appended. (JBM)
Descriptors: Attendance, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Improvement Programs, School Attendance Legislation, School Community Relationship, School Policy
Publication Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802 ($2.75; California residents add sales tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers: School Attendance Act (California)