June 20, 2019

Some teachers cut absences

Chalkbeat - New research finds that some of a school’s best allies in combatting absences might be some of its teachers.

Certain teachers, it found, are much better than others at getting middle and high schoolers to come to class. Having one of those teachers meant most students attend class one or two more times each semester than they otherwise would have, and students who were frequently absent came seven to nine more days. The benefits of having one of those teachers last for years afterward, boosting high school graduation rates — especially for students who start out with the worst attendance records and test scores.

“What this data shows is the power of teachers,” said Hedy Chang of Attendance Works, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing chronic absenteeism. “When you have engaging teachers, it motivates kids to show up to school.”


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