Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
The be@school Program was implemented to increase school attendance and to improve
community connections across Hennepin County through a coordinated early intervention effort
that provides educational and support services to school-age children and their families. The
program builds on the Minneapolis schools’ attendance improvement activities which include
making automated calls to parents after the first unexcused absence, sending a Principal’s letter
to parents after three unexcused absences, and offering helpful resources to the families.
This report presents evaluation findings for the 2010-2011 school year of Hennepin
County’s be@school Program. The program used early intervention strategies with individual
families to address children’s poor school attendance. Over 6,000 children in grades K-12 and
their families were referred to the program during the timeframe under study. Referrals came
from 21 school districts, charter schools, and independent schools across Hennepin County.
The evaluation focused on comparing children’s attendance records before and after
program intervention. Additionally, analyses were completed between students whose families
participated in the program and those who were referred, but did not participate (comparison
group). Qualitative data analyses were also carried out to identify impediments to school
attendance. Throughout this report, demographic information and program activities are
described and related to the findings.
Sheldon, Timothy; Daugherty, Martha.
Staying Power: Assessing the Impact of the be@school Program on Student Attendance Behavior (Evaluation Report).
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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