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Lessons from Hawaii Public Schools Daily Attendance Data
Transcript of Lessons from Hawaii Public Schools Daily Attendance Data
There are revealing patterns in daily attendance data
How the calendar is structured matters
Absenteeism is high during weeks where there are three or less days of school.
by the day of the week
How can the Hawaii Department of Education help?
Consider attendance when creating the school calendar
Avoid weeks with only two or three days of school (The 2013-14 calendar looks good on this count)
Embark on a communications campaign
Make clear that each day of attendance is associated with improved academic performance
Focus messages to parents and students about holiday planning and the need for attendance on days that have historically had low attendance rates
Absenteeism increases throughout the school year
The graph below illustrates how many students were absent on each day of the school year for the past three years.
extend holidays and
In some cases,
Monday has traditionally had high absenteeism, but last year Friday was the most common day for students to be absent.
Student absences increase each successive quarter until the fourth quarter when absences stabilize at third quarter levels.
Families and students seem to be more willing to miss school when extending an existing holiday.
Attendance around Halloween and Valentine's Day illustrates interesting behavior.
Why does reducing absenteeism matter?
Attending school has been shown to be associated with a wide variety of positive outcomes. The most important of which is that as students miss more school they become increasingly less likely to perform academically.
Data Fellow, Hawaii Department of Education
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