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Changing the Conversation. What Do We Hear?. Too many schools are underperforming . Too many students are underperforming . Too many students are unprepared for school. Too many students skip school . Too many students have poor attendance . Too many students are bored with school. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Changing the Conversation**

  • What Do We Hear?Too many schools are underperforming.Too many students are underperforming.Too many students are unprepared for school.Too many students skip school.Too many students have poor attendance.Too many students are bored with school.The dropout rate is too high.The suspension rate is too high.

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  • What We Are Doing?Increasing academic standards QCC GPS Common CoreIncreasing academic rigorIncreasing accountabilityDeveloping strategic plansDeveloping school improvement plansDeveloping pathways to college and careersEncouraging innovation

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  • ** Are We Missing Something? Maybe The Correct Question is: Who Are We Missing?

  • Who Are We Missing?**

  • Who Are We Missing?180,9959.7%*Excused and UnexcusedResearch shows that the negative affect of excused and unexcused absences is similar.

  • Who Are We Missing?**12.3%Absent

  • Student Attendance and Graduation **

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  • Student Attendance and Academic Achievement**

  • **What would happen if student attendance improved?

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    Grade LevelAdditional Number of Students That Would Pass CRCTGrade 3+1,330Grade 4+1,357Grade 5+1,220Grade 6+2,533Grade 7+2,697Grade 8+992Total (3-8)+10,129

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    Grade LevelAdditional Number of Students That Would Pass CRCTGrade 3+3,219Grade 4+2,838Grade 5+2,867Grade 6+2,134Grade 7+2,312Grade 8+1,897Total (3-8)+15,267

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    Grade LevelAdditional Number of Students That Would Pass CRCTGrade 3+5,737Grade 4+5,979Grade 5+3,075Grade 6+8,440Grade 7+4,994Grade 8+3,602Total (3-8)+31,827

  • **Changing the Conversation

    Grade LevelAdditional Number of Students That Would Pass CRCTTotalsReading+10,129ELA+15,267Math+31,827

  • **Myths about student attendance

  • Myths About Student AttendanceMissing a few days of school each year is normal and doesnt matter that much.We dont need to worry about attendance until middle or high school.Most schools already monitor student absences.Because families are ultimately responsible for children getting to school, theres not much schools can do to improve attendance.

    **Myths about student attendance

  • Myths About Student AttendanceMissing a few days of school each year is normal and doesnt matter that much.Data indicate that missing more than five days of school each year, regardless of the cause, impacts student academic performance and starts shaping attitudes about school.From the 6th grade through the 9th grade, student attendance is a better predictor of dropping out than standardized test scores.Excused absences and unexcused absences have similar impact on student academic performance.**

  • Myths About Student Attendance2. We dont need to worry about attendance until middle or high school.While absenteeism is more widespread in middle and high school, it still affects vast numbers of younger students.Data shows that standardized test scores are significantly affected by elementary students attendance patterns, to the point that the number of absences is related to the students chances of passing the CRCT (Meets or Exceeds).Elementary students school attendance habits often carry over into middle and high school.**

  • Myths About Student AttendanceMost schools already closely monitor student absences.Even when teachers take roll daily, the data they collect is not typically analyzed to reveal absence patterns.Most schools measure school-wide attendance or they track truancy, which does not capture excused absences.When schools and school districts analyze all absences (unexcused, excused, and suspensions) they are often surprised at how many students are missing 10 days or more each school year.Georgia is ranked 10th in the nation for out-of-school suspensions**

  • Myths About Student AttendanceBecause families are ultimately responsible for children getting to school, theres not much schools can do to improve attendance.Schools and school districts that have made a concentrated, systemic review of student absences have developed effective strategies.A review of student absences has been used to identify which students are absent (excused and unexcused), to look for patterns and locations and possible related causes (such as school climate factors, environmental factors, health factors, transportation, etc.)**

  • Schools and school districts that conducted close reviews of student absences found that health issues accounted for many absences.27% of Georgias children between the ages of 10 and 13 are obese.10% of Georgias children suffer from asthma (75,000 students missed over 470,000 school days).Dental health issues are the leading cause of health-related school absences.

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  • Schools and school districts that reviewed student discipline policies, procedures, and discipline data and subsequently implemented a school-wide school climate improvement strategy (such as Positive Behavior Intervention Supports PBIS) reduced out-of-school suspensions (absences).

    Schools and school districts that developed strategies to improve school climate have seen reductions in negative peer interaction issues, such as bullying, that impact student attendance. 2010 Georgia Student Health Survey found that over 38% of 6th graders are chronically picked on at school.

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  • Schools and school districts bring school staff members, parents, students, health and social services and others together to review data, identify issues related to cause and effect, and then develop strategies to improve student attendance.

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  • Changing the ConversationAwareness: Student academic performance is related to student attendance.Acceptance: Student academic performance is related to student attendance and the effectiveness of educational improvement strategies will be limited unless student attendance improves for all students, not just chronically truant students.Action: Schools need to review student attendance data and develop strategies.**

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    Whats possible?

    Keep asking that question until the conversation changes.

  • **Changing the Conversation

    Making education work for all Georgiansstarts with student attendance.Garry W. McGiboney, Ph.D.Associate Superintendent PolicyGeorgia Department of Education

    Many times, effective and meaningful change starts with a change in the conversation. *We hear many concerns about public education. These are just a few.*Its important to acknowledge that Georgia and local school systems are trying very hard to improve education, and we should also recognize that many of these efforts are working.*Despite our efforts, we must ask ourselves are we missing something? Perhaps the correct question is, Who are we missing? Not, What are we missing?*Lets look at the number of students that missed 15 days or more of school in 2010. This figure combines all absences, excused and unexcused. Almost 10% of Georgias students missed 15 days or more of school. Its important to note that regardless of why a student is absent, excused or unexcused or suspended, it is still an absence.*For our 8th graders, the absences are even worse over 12%. *So, what is the impact of student absences on student achievement? The Georgia Department of Education conducted research to determine, among other things, what is the relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Lets look at the research findings, starting with the graduation rate.*This chart reveals research findings for Georgias 8th graders. For the number of days a student is absent, how does that affect the students likelihood of graduating within four years. The numbers are staggering. Its important to note that were not just talking about chronically truant students. Look at the drop in percentage graduating in four years who miss 1 to 14 days of school.*The data for 9th graders is even more troubling.*Again, we see from the 10th grade data that student absences have a major impact on graduation.*Lets take a few minutes to look at student attendance and student achievement from a different perspective.*What would happen if student attendance improved?*If Georgia improved student attendance by roughly 3% or the equivalent of 5 instructional days, look at the number of students that would have moved into the Meets or Exceeds category on the CRCT Reading. The total is over 10,000 students. 10,000 students!*Look at CRCT English Language Arts, if we could improve student attendance over 15,000 students would have passed (Meets or Exceeds) the CRCT. *But the most profound impact of improved student attendance on student achievement is in Math. Over 30,000 students would have performed significantly better. Also, look at the key grades of 3rd. 5th, and 8th .*These totals change the conversation. And it must be said that these students are not all chronically truant students. In fact, improving attendance by 3% has the most significant influence on the student performance of students missing between 5 and 14 days of school hardly what we would typically refer to as chronic truants.*The next few slides will address some of the most common myths about student attendance.*According to the research, there are four main myths about student attendance.*Too ma

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