Attendance Works is a partner and resource for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, which aims to make sure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade.
The Campaign is a collaborative effort among foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.
The Campaign seeks to mobilize philanthropy, parents, educators, service providers and civic leaders to find and put in place solutions to three problems that are major obstacles to making progress on grade-level reading by the end of third grade:
The campaign partnered with National Civic League on the 2012 All-America City Grade-Level Reading Award, which went to the 14 communities that developed the most sustainable and realistic plans for improving early literacy. Attendance Works will be providing technical assistance to the 140 cities, counties and towns in the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network. Read more about the 2012 conference.
Attendance Works provided technical assistance to these communities, making available the District Attendance Tracking Tool (DATT), a self-calculating spreadsheet that allows school districts to upload attendance data and receive a chronic absence analysis. For more information and to register for the tool, read more here.
For more information, see Attendance Works’ Toolkit for City Leaders.
Attendance Works and the Campaign are also co-sponsors of the Superintendents Call to Action, encouraging local school leaders to own the issue, drive with data and mobilize the community to reduce chronic absence.
Attendance Works has done a series of webinars for city leaders:
- Calculating Chronic Absence and Coordinating with Multiple School Districts (December 14, 2011)
- Attendance Works: Data Tools for Tracking Chronic Absence with PowerPoint. (January 5, 2012)
- Attendance Works: Mining the Data, Sharing the Results with PowerPoint and Sample Slide Deck (January 19, 2012)
U.S. Conference of Mayors Agree to Combat Chronic Absence
The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted a resolution urging mayors to raise awareness of the pernicious effects of chronic absenteeism on student achievement and engage the community to help parents get children to school regularly.
The resolution, introduced by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras with support of 12 other mayors, cites Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ambitious work to reduce absenteeism in New York City and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s broad efforts to persuade 124 communities across the country to start paying attention to chronic absence as part of a strategy to improve literacy in the early grades.
- Read the full resolution: A Call to Action to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism in Our Nation’s Schools, June 15, 2012 (PDF)