On Tuesday, November 22 at 3pm Kinvo by Kinvolved is hosting our last webinar of the month (RSVP here)! Our first webinar covered how to record attendance on our mobile and web app. Our second webinar discussed how to have positive parent communication, and our third most recent one covered two-way translations. Finally, our last webinar will be covering a very important topic: attendance data. Webinars are only 30 minutes long, because we know our users have busy schedules. If you aren’t able to join us, read on for some easy guidelines to follow on this topic!
It wasn’t until the release of the first ever, “National Data set on Chronic Absence” by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in June of this year that anyone had held up a mirror to chronic absenteeism on a national scale. The report claimed, “When our teachers, principals, policymakers, and others have access to robust data on the extent and nature of chronic absenteeism, we are all in a better position to provide students with the supports they need to stem this crisis in our schools.” Since then, chronic absenteeism has garnered more and more attention in the media.
In fact, a recent report from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution “suggests that the best choice states could make, if they really want to make a difference, is to require schools to use chronic absence data.” The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “requires state accountability systems to annually measure five indicators that assess progress toward the state’s long-term educational goals.” The first four indicators are defined within the Act, but the fifth one is somewhat of a “wild card,” and the Hamilton Project argues that chronic absenteeism be measured. They created an interactive map that successfully confirmed that rates of chronic absenteeism “provide meaningful differentiation between schools, as required in the statute for the fifth indicator.”
This is where Kinvo by Kinvolved can come in and bring simple attendance data to life! For each student, users can go to the student profiles and export attendance data based on their selected date range. This is especially useful now as teachers are engaging in parent-teacher conferences. In the 2015-2016 school year, three out of four teachers said that attendance has improved in their classrooms, and 89% of teachers say that Kinvo by Kinvolved makes it easier to inform families about student attendance patterns. More broadly, 93% said that Kinvo made it easier to communicate with parents and guardians. Kinvolved’s work has only just begun, and we look forward to seeing how attendance continues to improve as users collect more data.
Still have questions? RSVP to our webinar! While this is the last one of November, we plan on hosting more before the end of 2016.
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