Dissertation - Public Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
This three-part dissertation concentrates on student attendance. It is clear that we have a student attendance problem in our nation, particularly in urban school districts. There have been other studies, discussions, and debates on how to improve student attendance, but identifying a single policy, program, incentive, and/or intervention to positively impact absenteeism is difficult. Student absenteeism has and will continue to be a national problem. Many factors play a role in student attendance, to a certain degree, some are controllable and others are extremely difficult to affect.
This Part III of the dissertation is a Policy Advocacy for absenteeism at the local level. Reflecting on my experience as a student, teacher, and administrator, student attendance is key baseline data to a successful school. After a deep dive of district attendance policies, the recommendation is that school districts’ attendance and truancy policies include supportive attendance services for prevention, intervention, and/or community resources. Additionally, that a district’s retention policy includes recommendations for retention based on a combination of academic data and student attendance data.
The overarching challenge is for school districts to be able to proactively manage student attendance to ensure children are in school on a regular basis.
Creating a culture of collaboration for student attendance, shared responsibility, and trust are key to address our national student attendance crisis.
Hubbird, Robert G., "Attendance Matters! A Policy Advocacy Document" (2019). Dissertations. 422.