School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As ‘Present’?

Responding in part to this research, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in 2015, raised the stakes on attendance. It required states to add at least one nonacademic measure of success into their state accountability systems. Thirty-six states and Washington, D.C., chose chronic absenteeism. Not just student success, but school success, would be defined in part by this metric: How many kids missed more than 10 percent of days in a school year.

The carrot and the stick

Mariajose Romero, a Pace University sociologist who has researched attendance for decades, calls it “a piece of information that has tremendous political currency,” which only intensified when it became a measure of school accountability. Not only students, but also schools, succeed or fail based on the students who show up every day. And so, “it’s important to count people properly.”

School systems responded to the new pressure of the

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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly

Gov. Tom Wolf, as promised, vetoed a bipartisan-backed bill on Monday that would have given local officials’ authority this year to decide whether to hold K-12 sports and activities and set crowd limits at events.

This action shows his determination to urge Pennsylvanians to adhere to his 25-person limit for indoor events and 250 for outdoor contests to control the spread of COVID-19, even though a federal judge has declared those limits along with other pandemic-related restrictions the governor ordered as unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration has requested a stay on that order while appealing U.S. Western District Court Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling.

In his veto message, the governor said, “We have been confronting extraordinary challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we need to continue to prioritize the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians and minimize public health risks. However, this bill does nothing to

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CT education officials tracking school attendance, participation

Student participation, attendance and engagement will be among the areas of focus for a new data collection program launched earlier this month by state education officials.

The state Department of Education recently rolled out two new data collections in an effort to promote transparency and make “data-driven decisions” to support more student engagement and participation through the rest of the school year.


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