State education policy is especially important because districts and schools rely upon states to specify how key concepts are defined and generally carried out. For attendance, states determine the age of compulsory education, how chronic absence and truancy is defined and addressed, how a day of attendance is defined, and whether attendance (in the form of average daily attendance or membership count) is used to allocate funding. State guidance, support and policy can promote action at scale across school districts. Affecting state policy is very doable, especially if key stakeholders can work in partnership with State Education Agencies to develop state guidance, policies and training.
Read our blog series highlighting attendance-related issues that are emerging as states work through the complexities of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States were required to submit plans to implement the ESSA by September 18, 2017. Remarkably, more than 70 percent of states chose some form of chronic absence as an indicator. Find the blog series here.
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