Presentation on theme: "Every Child, Every Day A Conversation about Attendance in Washtenaw County August 19, 2014 Scott Menzel, Superintendent Naomi Norman, Executive Director."— Presentation transcript:
1 Every Child, Every DayA Conversation about Attendance in Washtenaw CountyAugust 19, 2014Scott Menzel, SuperintendentNaomi Norman, Executive Director Achievement InitiativesWashtenaw ISDPresentation on attendance and discipline data in Washtenaw County for the School Justice Partnership meeting.
2 The Importance of Being in School Research and data analysis shows that there is a strong correlation between attendance and achievement. The two charts here show data for different groups of students (kindergarten and high school) and the significant correlations between attendance and math and reading achievement. More can be found in the highlighted report and at the attendanceworks.org website.
3 How are absence rates determined? Any absence from school or from a class periodexcused or unexcusedexamples: illness, skipping class, participating in school-sponsored activity, family vacationCalculated as a percent present of total time possibleExample 1Student misses 2-3 days per month = days (80-85% attendance)Example 2Student is late once a week and misses half a day = 18 days (85% attendance)Varies by district based on local policy. There is no consistent measure of attendance (Does every district count the same kinds of absences in the same way? How many minutes late do you have to be to be considered absent? How many class periods does a high school student need to miss before it is recorded as a half day absent or a full day absent? How many days does a student need to miss to be un-enrolled?)
4 What is chronic absence? Michigan Department of EducationMissing 10 days a year or more (5% or more)Attendanceworks.org defined asmissing 10% of a school year for any reasonMissing 18 days a year (or more)Severe chronic absenceMissing 20% of the school year or moreMissing 36 days or moreOn our state data website, Mischooldata.org, chronic absence is tracked at 10 days or more absence per year. Other organizations, such at the attendaceworks.org site, use 10% of the school year as the measure for chronic absence. There is also the idea that you can be “severely chronically absent” if you miss more than 20% of the school year. In Washtenaw County we need to carefully consider these definitions because a flat 10 days or more absence rate doesn’t begin to convey the story of the complexity of our problem.
5 Washtenaw County has 30% of its students who miss more than 10 days of school. This is higher than the state average of 29%. In many schools and districts the percent of students missing 10 days or more is MUCH higher.Source: MiSchoolData.org
6 13,981 Students in Washtenaw County missed 10 or more days in 2012-13 Percents do not convey the actual number of students. Some districts and communities are impacted to greater degrees than others due to sheer volume of students who are missing school. But all districts are impacted on some level.Source: MiSchoolData.org
7 This slide uses a different definition of chronic absence This slide uses a different definition of chronic absence. It uses 10% of the school year rather than 10 days. And we also considered the idea of “severe chronic absence” since that appears to be an issue for over 2000 students in our county.Source: MSDS Attendance Data Washtenaw County
8 Who is missing school? Which subgroups of students are impacted most? Average White student in Washtenaw County attends 171 days of schoolAverage Black student attends 160 days of schooldataSource: MSDS Attendance Data Washtenaw County
9 Normalized across districts to 180 days Only includes local districts and ISD students. Does not include charter schools.SNE=Supplemental Nutrition Enrollment (free and reduce lunch eligible)LEP=Limited English ProficiencyThe difference between white/Asian and black is 11 days of school a year. Multiply that by 13 years of school and you have 141 day difference. That is two months shy of one year of schooling. At 160 days, black students lose 20 days a year of schooling. Multiply that by 13 years and it is at least one year of education. A few days difference is a HUGE difference in learning opportunity.Source: MSDS Attendance Data Washtenaw County
10 Suspension Patterns for Students with IEPs (Special Education) Type of Disciplinary ConsequenceStudents with IEPs in Washtenaw CountyApproximately 6,100 students with disabilities with 1400 discipline consequencesShifting to discipline data, the only data reported formally is the discipline data for students with IEPs (those receiving special education services). If we look only at this group of students, the impact of out of school suspension is startling. There are approximately 6,100 students with IEPs in this data set. There were 1400 disciplinary consequences related to suspension or expulsion. Most of the suspensions were out of school.1037 out-of-school suspensions352 in school suspensions11 expulsionsSource: MSDS Discipline Data Washtenaw County
11 Looking at the out of school suspensions, districts range from suspension averages that range from one day to eight days. Each of the 9 districts plus WISD is represented here. The bottom line represents the county average.County AverageSource: MSDS Discipline Data Washtenaw County
12 1037 out of school suspensions for an average of 3.6 days each In Washtenaw County :1037 out of school suspensions for an average of 3.6 days each3743 days of school missedThis is for students with disabilities. We do not have data for all other student groups.Source: MSDS Discipline Data Washtenaw County
13 Where do we go from here? What did you learn? What did you want to know that you didn’t learn today?What are we going to do about it?We have a challenge with our group of studentsSubgroups miss significantly more schoolAppears to match our gap patternsLook at suspension patternsCompare attendance to student achievement
14 For More Information Attendance Works: http://www.attendanceworks.org/ Chronic Absenteeism Report:Attendance data for all districts and schools in Michigan:For more information about this presentation and its data, please contact: Naomi Norman, Washtenaw ISD, ext. 1263
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