Making Data Work in California

This brief is designed to help district decision-makers in California think about how they might collect and use chronic absence data, with an emphasis on leveraging their Student Information Systems (SIS) to support this work. It lays out approaches to maximize the opportunities presented by recent changes at the state and federal level, including CALPADS new attendance data collection for 2016-17 school year, and new chronic absence reporting requirements in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The brief also provides suggestions for how to best leverage SIS providers for tracking, analyzing, disseminating, and using chronic absence data to develop strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism among students.

New Grant Opportunity for Schools and Communities to Improve School Climate

On September 23, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund: Learning Communities for School Success program into law. This new program will provide grants to local school districts to implement research-based strategies to improve school climate and to mitigate the school-to-prison pipeline.

Get Ready to Apply:

We encourage school districts and community organizations to start preparing now for this competitive grant opportunity.

A Request for Proposal process is expected to begin in early 2017.

District Attendance Tracking Tools

Many schools, districts, and communities are interested in analyzing their attendance data for the first time to see if chronic absence is a significant problem. To simplify the process, Attendance Works has partnered with Applied Survey Research to develop self-calculating spreadsheets for school districts called the District Attendance Tracking Tools (DATTs). These tools are especially effective for smaller districts with more limited data capacity. The companion tools are the School Attendance Tracking Tools (SATTs) which provides school-level analysis down to the individual student level.

Organized into three separate modules for grades K-5 (Elementary), 6-8 (Middle) and 9-12 (High), the DATTs and SATTs are designed for small to mid-sized school districts.

Users have a choice of the original version of the DATT which is applicable to any school district with a student information system or a California-specific version that also looks at truancy and suspensions.

Attending School Every Day: Making Progress, Taking Action in Oakland Schools

A report providing an in-depth look into the local attendance patterns of students in Oakland, including an examination of overall attendance, differences in attendance patterns by group and grade levels, how attendance is impacting outcomes. Also an examination of strategies being employed at the district level to impact attendance.