A District Transitions Planning Guide
This section explains actionable data, shares an inspiring actionable data story (bright spot) and offers selected resources to support your efforts.
What is Actionable Data? It means collecting and reporting quantitative attendance and chronic absence data and qualitative analysis that can show reasons that students miss school that are accurate, accessible, timely, comprehensive and understandable. These data will inform the development of prevention and intervention strategies and allocation of resources that support student attendance.
During the 2020-2021 school year, actionable data requires monitoring multiple metrics including chronic absence, contact, connectivity, relationships and participation. The purpose of data is to activate support (not take punitive action), solve individual and shared challenges, and identify effective practices whether school is in-person or remote.
At the district level, it is particularly important that the district has protocols in place to make sure data is collected accurately, regularly and consistently for all students, for both in-person and distance learning settings, and that chronic absence data from the prior year is accessible for students who are transitioning from another school.
Attention to Equity
Collecting and disaggregating district data is the primary driver for equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students. Data can provide information on which groups of students and families have unmet needs and require targeted support. Ensure schools combine qualitative information from students and families with quantitative data to develop a deeper understanding of attendance barriers that can help the development of inclusive problem-solving approaches.