Attendance plays a major role in the academic success of young students. To put it simply, school-aged children should be in school when they are supposed to. Student attendance can plummet for several reasons including sickness, lack of transportation, lack of resources, and socioeconomic hardships.
If you are a parent, you should recognize that missing a few days of school here and there can negatively impact your child’s success, understanding, and academic values for years to come. Chronic absence, identified in Maryland as 20 days missed or more, is also a contributing factor to the high school dropout rate. My Brother’s Keeper is here to share some results with you regarding our Beechfield Attendance Incentive Project.
Attendance Incentive Project Results
The Attendance Incentive Project sponsored through My Brother’s Keeper is meant to inspire and increase student attendance and engagement. Let us share an example of success with you. MBK, in collaboration with the school staff at the Beechfield Elementary Middle School in the Baltimore 21229 community, targeted the first six early grades for attendance affirmation activities in the 2014-2015 school year. The first debriefing meeting was held with Principal Browning in early August 2015 where a “resource fair” and other activities to inspire attendance were planned and discussed. The results are as follows:
- The Year-to-Date (YTD) attendance rate for Pre-K through 4th graders at Beechfield Elementary Middle School was higher at the end of the school year than the beginning
- The average attendance rate for this group of students increased from 91.7 percent to 92.3 percent!
- Third grade students at Beechfield Elementary Middle School averaged the most significant improvement, with a reported 2.4 percentage point increase from June 2014 to June 2015.
- The YTD attendance rate for these third graders rose to 95.3 percent in June 2015, exceeding the Baltimore City School System’s Goal of 94 percent or higher. Translation? The third graders missed no more than one day per month and benefited from the added instructional time.
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