ERIC Number: ED224664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
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Combating Student Absenteeism: Strategies for Raising Attendance and Achievement.
Boloz, Sigmund A.; Lincoln, Dorothea C.
Ganado Primary School on the Navajo Reservation has formulated and implemented an attendance improvement plan which has provided encouraging results. Formulation and implementation of the attendance improvement plan were initiated after reviewing the 1980 attendance registers which indicated the average length of enrollment had been 169 days with students averaging 11 days of absences. An attendance task force was formed to study the problem and to recommend possible solutions for improvement. Recommendations included: identifying high risk students and interviewing their parents to determine their perception of the importance of attending school; undertaking a district-wide effort to reduce factors contributing to frequent absenteeism; and implementing a positive program. The program was designed to recognize both individual and class groups for outstanding attendance records which included a monthly invitation to a special movie; in 9 weeks receiving a ribbon of recognition; and for the year presented with a "Ganado Attendance Star" T-shirt and a certificate at an assembly. At the end of the first year of the attendance program, 22% of the student body accounted for 40% of all absences averaging 9 absences per year and by the end of the third year absences ranged from 3.9% to 2.5%. (ERB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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