Chronic student absenteeism is a challenge for many school districts. There is growing recognition that schools need to make greater efforts to increase student attendance, the lack of which can negatively impact educational and other outcomes. Working with Via Evaluation to do an Attendance Analysis can be an important step toward addressing this issue.
Research from Attendance Works and other leaders in the field indicates that typical use of Average Daily Attendance is masking significant lost learning time for potentially large groups of students. Via Evaluation has been analyzing attendance for districts using the four categories created by Attendance Works since early 2011. We can also help you ensure you are collecting attendance data in a way that fosters meaningful use and provide recommendations for future steps. Districts have used our attendance pattern reports to improve their data collection process make critical decisions about interventions.
If you are interested in working with Via Evaluation to better understand your attendance or other data, we’d love to work with you. Our goal is to help districts and non-profits collect and use the information they need to address student attendance and other issues important to positive results.
Listed below are some examples of the ways in which we can help you see and understand attendance patterns.