A Guide for Planning Transitions to Elementary (PreK-5) School

Shared Accountability

This section explains shared accountability, offers inspiring shared accountability stories (bright spot) and offers selected resources to support your efforts.

What is Shared Accountability? Absenteeism is a cross-cutting issue and cannot be solved by any one person, department or agency. Create systems and cross-departmental and infrastructure support for attendance, and hold stakeholders — students, families, educators, agencies and community partners — responsible for helping to reduce chronic absence.

For the 2020-2021 school year, shared accountability should allow for the regular collection, monitoring and distribution of attendance metrics — even if formal accountability for chronic absence has been suspended. Schools will need to enhance their internal and external support systems to meet the academic, social-emotional and the physical and mental health needs of their staff, students and families.

In PreK-5 settings, key stakeholders should also review data documenting the conditions of preschool children and their families in order to identify gaps that need to be addressed.

Attention to Equity

Equity within shared accountability means that all internal and external stakeholders (including parents and community partners) have a "seat at the table" and are equally held accountable for monitoring and improving attendance.

Bright Spot
  • Misha Karigaca, Coordinator of Attendance and Discipline Support Services, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), explains how the district is monitoring new metrics and building dashboards to compare data across schools. Karigaca presented OUSD’s monitoring approach during, Take A Data Driven Approach to the Transition to School, held during the Institute for Educational Leadership’s #RiseUpForEquity Summit. View Karigaca’s presentation.

  • OUSD already makes chronic absence data widely available to community members through its public dashboards. School staff can see more detailed school data, such as this preschool experience dashboard.