ERIC Number: ED428167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Absent Student Assistance Program, Precinct 7, 1996-97. Research Report on an Educational Program.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.
The Absent Student Assistance Program (ASAP) began as a collaboration between the one Houston (Texas) precinct and two middle schools to reduce unexcused absences. By 1996-97, the program had expanded to a second precinct and additional middle and high schools. Program implementation in Precinct 7 was evaluated for the 1996-97 school year. Schools provided precinct deputies with a list of absent students daily, and deputies then visited the students' homes in the evening to discuss the absence with student and parents and to plan needed assistance. The overall attendance rate in precinct schools went from 91% before the program to 93.6% in 1996-97. Deputies provided many additional services for the schools including an increased police presence at or near the schools. All four principals responding to the survey thought that the program improved attendance, and because the schools became eligible for state funds for improved attendance, the program generated funds above its costs. Recommendations for program improvement include better student address information and more home visits. (Contains 2 tables and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.