ERIC Number: ED300503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Truancy Prevention Plan.
Tuck, Kathy D.; Shimbuli, Frieda N.
On the average, 10 percent of District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students--approximately 8,500 students--are absent from school each day. In order to combat truancy, which often leads to dropping out, DCPS developed the Truancy Prevention Plan, part of a Comprehensive Plan for School Attendance Improvement, which was implemented between school years 1985-86 through 1987-88. The Truancy Prevention Plan had the following operational components: (1) development and implementation of the local school plans; (2) installation and operation of the automatic dialing system for telephoning absent students' homes; (3) expansion and improvement of the attendance staff and monitoring procedure; and (4) establishment and operation of the student attendance service centers. Each of these components has been assessed in this evaluation. Many of the guidelines of the Truancy Prevention Plan were followed as recommended for all operational components of the plan. When implemented, these guidelines were responsible for the attendance improvements that occurred. Recommendations for improvement are offered. Tables and figures illustrate the data. Appendices comprising nearly half the document present additional data, and provide the evaluation instruments. A brief list of references is included. (BJV)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Attendance, Attendance Patterns, Communications, Dropout Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Pupil Personnel Services, Staff Development, Telephone Communications Systems, Truancy, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Quality Assurance.