ERIC Number: ED336811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
The 15-Day Attendance Policy. Final Evaluation.
Mount Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CA.
During the 1985-86 school year, Mt. Diablo High Schools (Concord, California) implemented a new attendance policy requiring that any student with 15 days of absence (including excused) would receive a failing grade. Since then, half of the district's six high schools have adopted alternative attendance programs. In 1990, Northgate and College Park High Schools adopted a policy failing a student after 7 days of unexcused absence per semester. Although the program has worked well at Northgate, numerous computer problems at College Park have made the program unpopular with staff and many parents. Whereas Northgate students' attendance improved with the program, absences at College Park increased when compared to prior years. The district as a whole has experienced minimal improvement in average attendance rate during the past 4 years. After reviewing the data from this and two earlier attendance policy evaluations, the following recommendations were made: (1) eliminate the 15-day policy; (2) adopt a new policy that does not penalize students for legal absences; (3) strengthen staff development in classroom strategies promoting attendance; (4) send a letter to truants of more than 4 days; (5) continue to improve the School Attendance Review Board; (6) review computer support prior to policy changes; and (7) urge all counselors to follow the district's comprehensive guidance program. Appendices contain a survey of school attendance policies; compulsory attendance rules and forms; a 1986 summary report on the 15-day policy; College Park and Northgate's attendance policies; the status of prior recommendations; and administrator, parent, and teacher opinion surveys. (MLH/Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CA.