New research shows how teachers are key to boosting student attendance
Some districts have tried text messages to parents. Detroit has ramped up home visits. Newark has hired back a small army of dedicated staff. Many schools offer certificates of recognition.
They’re all trying to improve attendance, understanding that the more school students miss, they more likely they are to fall off track. Increasingly, schools are being judged by those attendance numbers, too.
New research finds that some of a school’s best allies in combatting absences might be some of its teachers.