A Guide for Planning Transitions to Secondary (Grades 6-12) School

Shared Accountability

This section explains shared accountability, shares an inspiring story (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 health needs of their staff, students and families.

Attention to Equity

Equity within shared accountability means that all internal and external stakeholders for your school community are aware of and understand the systems and structures that have been put in place to support your students and families. They have a “seat at the table” and are equally held accountable to their role in working to improve outcomes for students and families.