Staying Power: Assessing the Impact of the be@school Program on Student Attendance Behavior (Evaluation Report)

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Staying Power: Assessing the Impact of the be@school Program on Student Attendance Behavior (Evaluation Report)

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2012-02

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Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement

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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.

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Sheldon, Timothy; Daugherty, Martha. (2012). Staying Power: Assessing the Impact of the be@school Program on Student Attendance Behavior (Evaluation Report). Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/140663.

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