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By GreatSchools Staff
According to the National Center for Student Engagement, schools are most effective in achieving high attendance rates when parents, school leaders and community members work together to focus on reducing absences and truancy, and keeping kids in schools. The center's Web site provides 10 tips for schools and communities to improve their attendance rates. Among them:
The attendance rate is just one factor to consider when sizing up your school. You'll want to look at the test scores, student-teacher ratio, Parent Reviews and other data that you can find on GreatSchools.org. You'll also want to find out more about the school climate, quality of school leadership, parent involvement and other factors that aren't apparent from school data.
If you are concerned about the attendance rate at your school, here are some questions you might ask your principal and your school site council:
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