ATTENDANCE AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS

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September is Attendance Awareness Month!
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Too often, parents, students and sometimes educators don’t realize how quickly absences, excused as well as unexcused, can add up to academic trouble.  The best way to identify students with poor attendance is to analyze data the school already collects using the At Risk Report described below. 

Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools:  An Unprecedented Look at a Hidden Educational Crisis
Education can only fulfill its promise as the great equalizer—a force that can overcome differences in privilege and background—when we work to ensure that students are in school every day and receive the supports they need to learn and thrive. Release of the U.S. Department of Education’s 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection, drawn from nearly every public school in the country, helps us understand who is chronically absent, at what grade levels chronic absenteeism tends to occur, and how chronic absenteeism compares community-by-community and state-by-state. 

PowerSchool At Risk Report 
Determining when students enter the "at risk zone" can often be challenging. The At Risk Report available in Home Base provides North Carolina schools and districts the capacity to design early warning reports with research-based, locally-selected risk indicators. The report delivers a listing of courses, sections, and grades associated with students currently at risk of failing for the current term. This information allows administrators, student support staff, and teachers to take a proactive approach prior to the end of term and ensures student accountability. Access to report programming and execution is determined by local district administration.
Click on the document below for step-by-step instructions on how to run the At Risk report.
(pdf, 63kb)

PowerSchool Diploma Assessment Report
The diploma assessment report allows districts and schools to monitor the progress of selected grade levels in fulfilling graduation requirements. This report is available in PowerSchool. We encourage school and district teams to utilize this report to monitor student progress and as a preventative tool to identify students potentially at risk.
(pdf, 8.3mb)

Implementation Rubric:  Using Early Warning Systems to Identify and Support Students at Risk of Dropping Out of High School
EWS Implementation Rubric
(pdf, 325kb)

Implementation Interview:  Using Early Warning Systems to Identify and Support Students at Risk of Dropping Out of High School
EWS ImplementationInter view
(pdf, 341kb)


In North Carolina, the at Risk Report and Diploma Assessment Report available in PowerSchool provides schools and districts the capacity design early warning reports to help school teams identify and support students at risk of dropping out of high school.  Developed specifically for North Carolina by American Institutes for Research, this Implementation Rubric and companion Implementation Interview:  Using Early Warning Systems to Identify and Support Students At Risk of Dropping Out of High School focus on the use of early warning systems as a means of identifying students at risk of no graduating. 


Note:  Interview may be used as a standalone document.