ERIC Number: ED484551
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 66
Increasing Student Attendance: Strategies From Research and Practice
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory NWREL
This booklet is one in a series of "hot topics" reports produced by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. These reports briefly address current educational concerns and issues as indicated by requests for information that come to the Laboratory from the Northwest region and beyond. This document focuses on student attendance. During a period of two months, the author surveyed the last decade of research that discusses strategies or experiments to increase attendance. Although the intention was to find research that is considered "scientifically based" by the No Child Left Behind Act, it was quickly determined that little research of that kind exists. Thus, the search was broadened to include a range of research design--peer-reviewed, published and unpublished, mixed quantitative and qualitative research, case studies, surveys, expert opinions based on personal experience, and promising practices from community-based organizations. As certain themes emerged from the research, key studies were collected to represent those themes. The following topics are discussed in this document: (1) why students do not attend school; (2) strategies to encourage attendance; and (3) what individual staff members can do to encourage attendance. It was found that first steps schools should take are to determine reasons for absenteeism, assess the weaknesses and strengths of current practices, and look at promising practices that can be adapted to particular school cultures.
Descriptors: Secondary Education, High School Students, Truancy, Student Attitudes, Intervention, Teacher Role, School Policy, Attendance Patterns, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S.W. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9720.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.