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ERIC Number: ED546899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
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WWC Review of the Report "Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities." What Works Clearinghouse Single Study Review
What Works Clearinghouse
The 2013 study, "Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities", examined the impact of the strategies developed by an interagency task force in New York City to combat chronic absenteeism in public schools. The strategies involved efforts both inside and outside of schools and aimed to improve coordination of services, provide mentoring through the Success Mentors program, and utilize data to monitor students at risk. The study assessed the impacts of the full set of strategies and of the Success Mentors program separately. The WWC determined that both sets of analyses do not meet WWC group design standards. The groups of students compared in the analysis of the full set of strategies were not equivalent on either baseline chronic absenteeism rates or demographic characteristics. Therefore, the differences in outcomes for these groups cannot be attributed solely to the intervention. For the impact analysis of the Success Mentors program, the study groups differed in whether they participated in Success Mentors and in the amount of chronic absenteeism strategies they employed. As a result, the differences in outcomes between the students who participated in Success Mentors and students who did not conflates the effect of the Success Mentors program with the effect of the broader set of strategies used to combat chronic absenteeism. A glossary of terms is included. [The following study is the focus of this review: Balfanz, R., & Byrnes, V. (2013). "Meeting the challenge of combating chronic absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and its implications for other cities." Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins School of Education. For "What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: 'Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities,' see ED544570.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Funded: Yes
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards