Chronic Absenteeism in California Schools 2016-17
The California Department of Education has released school-level data
that show that last year more than 1 in 10 students were chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason. The data reveal that 1 in 4 foster children was chronically absent from California schools last year, as were about 1 in 5 homeless, Native American, and African-American students. Learn more
CHKS Absenteeism Data
A new question on the CHKS Core asks students to identify how many full days of school they missed in the past 30 days. Districts/schools can request a report summarizing the characteristics of youth who may be chronically absent (missed three or more days in past 30), including the reasons for being absent, to help guide intervention efforts to reduce this problem. Read about changes to the 2017-18 CHKS
Pittsburg Unified in the East Bay Area is using a number of interventions
to reduce chronic absenteeism: rewarding students for high attendance rates, early identification of those who are slipping, and intensive services for struggling families.
How L.A. Unified Could Reduce Absenteeism
As L.A. Unified’s student enrollment has continued to shrink, the percentage of chronically absent students has remained essentially unchanged — a concern because funding is based on attendance. According to one estimate, absenteeism cost LAUSD $20 million last year, at a time when it’s desperately in search of new revenue. Read about an advisory group’s recommendations
to L.A. Unified’s school board.
Data Use and Management
California School Dashboard
After a couple of years of planning and a trial run last spring, the state has released the California School Dashboard
, displaying a multi-color system for grading the performance of schools, school districts, and charter schools on a variety of measurements.
Crisis Data Management
‘Crisis Data Management: A Forum Guide to Collecting and Managing Data about Displaced Students
’ provides guidelines that can be used by elementary and secondary education agencies to establish policies and procedures for collecting and managing education data before, during, and after a crisis.
As states and districts work to refine their plans for school improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, a new study
suggests that focusing on simple goals and building capacity for them can lead to more sustained success. Three areas were found in which high-performing schools implemented their plans differently from low-performing schools: Data tracking; Alignment; and Engagement.
Bullying and Bias
Addressing Bias Related Harassment
Does your school have plans and protocols in place to respond to a bias incident or hate crime? ‘Responding to Hate and Bias at School’
is a guide designed primarily for school administrators, but teachers, staff, counselors, students, and others also may find guidance here. The guide is divided into three sections: Before a Crisis Occurs; When There’s a Crisis; and After the Worst is Over.
CHKS Bias Related Harassment Data
CHKS reports provide the total percentage of youth who self-report experiencing at school any bias-related harassment in the past year, as well as the specific reasons (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion).
Teacher Training Report: California Earns a D+
California ranks below 31 other public-school systems and earns just a D-plus in ensuring teacher quality, according to a new report
aimed at spurring states to improve teacher preparation.
refers to multiple or chronic exposure to one or more forms of developmentally adverse interpersonal trauma. Students who experience developmental trauma may enter school unprepared cognitively, emotionally, and physically. Download SAMHSA’s Adversity in Childhood & Childhood Trauma
to learn more.
Addressing Student Needs
Nearly a quarter of California children 5 years old and younger live in poverty, according to a new report
that examines the impact of the cost of living and family income on the state’s youngest residents. The report found that 31 percent of “poor” families spend more than half of their income on housing, making it difficult to meet basic needs, such as food and health care. Five percent of families in the state live in “deep poverty,” meaning they have less than half the resources they need.
Health and Nutrition
Plate Waste Study Shows Farm to School Works
Researchers at the University of Florida found that students who attend a school with a farm to school program eat 11% more fruits and 37% more vegetables. A Plate Waste Evaluation of the Farm to School Program
featured in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
tracked students' consumption of fruits and vegetables during meal time.
In an EdWeek blog
, concerns are raised that a decline in the use of suspensions and expulsions is related to schools reporting increased physical attacks on teachers. When teachers feel threatened, they can't do their job, and students who want to learn are held hostage by their classmates.
California Teens Commit Fewer Crimes than their Parents Did
The Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice has released a report
looking at California's youth arrest rates and rates for various types of crime and found 2016 continued a decades-long decline in both.
The 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stirred conversations about how to recognize threats, how to secure schools, and how to respond to the mental health needs of students. Read more
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