ERIC Number: ED340144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
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Developing a Procedure for Accountability of Student Absenteeism.
Hernan, James L.
Educators must take into account the changing social, cultural, and economic trends contributing to high absenteeism and dropout rates. No curriculum can succeed if students are not in attendance to learn, develop, and advance in society. This paper evaluates the researcher's computerized system to track student attendance and prevent unexcused absences and selective class cutting. The practicum's success was measured by the attendance computer's accurate monitoring and subsequent reduction of the daily absentee rate. The target school was a central east coast Florida high school situated in a highly transient area dependent on the space industry, citrus farming, and tourism. These occupations produce a significant amount of job-related stress affecting students' home life and attitudes toward school. After implementing the current research-based accounting system with the use of a personal computer, scanning machine, and appropriate software (Dbase and Report Writer), a Quality Circles team was formed to evaluate the system's effectiveness. Findings showed that only 8.5 percent of the students missed more than one class period daily. The total daily absentee rate for the semester was reduced from 16 percent to 6.1 percent. The report includes 6 graphs, 24 references, and 3 appendices containing a sample leadership evaluation form, an attendance roster form, and an admit slip. (MLH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida