Education officials make effort to reduce school absenteeism

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon education officials are launching a campaign to reduce school absenteeism, which is considered a significant reason for the state's low graduation rate and unimpressive standardized test results.

Carla Wade of the Oregon Department of Education told Oregon Public Broadcasting that the "Every Day Matters" campaign will help schools work with families to get kids to class.

Obstacles for students include "economic barriers, health including mental health or disability issues, transportation problems — streets that don't have proper crosswalks or sidewalks, or infrequent bus service," Wade said.

The Education Department is paying to help half the state's school districts with the biggest absenteeism problems. Money goes for education specialists to help schools diagnose what's causing absenteeism.

Additional obstacles, Wade said, can include cultural differences — school schedules might not correspond with important ceremonies or events — and bullying.

Money also will go toward coming up with regional strategies and funding professional development for teachers.

Wade said the Myrtle Point School District is an example of a district that has reduced absenteeism. She said teachers and other school employees have worked to build a more welcoming culture.

In Oakridge, she said, incentives such as attendance certificates have helped cut absenteeism.

Web Only

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories