(FixThisNation.com) – Schools are increasing their efforts to battle chronic absenteeism which they have determined to be one of the key reasons behind the dropping test scores and the other problems that educators have been facing with students since the pandemic.
Chronic absenteeism is used to refer to cases where children tend to miss over 10 percent of school days. This problem affects millions of students and is something that the White House recently pointed out as an education issue that needs to be addressed. As they pointed out this was an issue that required an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
Students can miss for a variety of reasons, including medical, and socioemotional issues as well as cases where the student’s poor academic performance is driving them to miss school. Administrations have found multiple ways to tackle the problem.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab associate director of policy Kim Dadisman pointed out that one of the strategies being used to address this issue is focusing on parental engagement in attendance. As he pointed out this type of engagement was usually connected to lower levels of absenteeism.
The group which is focused on poverty also found, according to Dadisman, that in a Peter Bergman study on West Virginia, the district had resorted to sending out more than 32,000 text messages, which only cost $63. However, the effect of these messages was that the number of course failures had dropped by around 30 percent, while attendance in the district had increased by around 15 percent.
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