Frequently Used Attendance Terms

Average Daily Attendance: The average daily attendance (ADA) is a statistic representing total number of days of attendance for all students divided by the total number of school days in a given period. ADA reports are submitted to the state and are used to determine funding for schools.

ADA Revenue Per Student: The ADA Revenue Per Student is a state-determined dollar amount allocated to public schools. This rate can fluctuate each year.

ADA Revenue Loss (MyData): The ADA revenue loss is an estimation of the dollar amount lost due to student absenteeism. An estimated daily rate, which fluctuates annually based on t he ADA rate set by the State of California, is derived by multiply the estimated daily rate ($31.33/day, for example) by all full day student absences as reflected in ISIS. To view your school's estimated revenue loss and estimated daily ADA rate information log in to MyData.

Attendance and Dropout Prevention Plan: The Attendance and Dropout Prevention (ADP) Plan is a written attendance plan devised by each school's designated Attendance and Dropout Prevention Team, for the purposes of communicating and meeting their school's student attendance goals and to meet the District mandates.

Attendance and Dropout Prevention Team: The ADP Team is a team of designated school staff at each school that meets regularly to write the AD.P Plan, and ensures that the plan, objectives and programs are being monitored and modified as needed, in order to meet the school/district's attendance goals. Persons that should be included may include, but is not limited to, the following: Principal/ Assistant Principal, Pupil Services and Attendance Counselor {PSA), Attendance Improvement Counselor {A/C), School Psychologist, Academic counselors, Dean, School Nurse, Diploma Project Counselors {DPC}, Campus aides, Teachers, Attendance office/Records clerks, Parents/guardians, Students, Campus police and/or school safety personnel.

Attendance Improvement Program: The Attendance Improvement Program {AIP) is a program that was launched during the 2011-12 school year, with a mission to improve attendance by providing focused support to students in Kindergarten and Grade 9. The AIP goal from one year to the next is to achieve a 5% increase in the percentage of students attending at 96% or higher in the targeted grade level.

Attendance Improvement Counselor: The Attendance Improvement Counselor is a Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) counselor in a specialized program called the Attendance Improvement Program. Chronic Absence: In the Los Angeles Unified School District, chronic absence is defined as an attendance rate of 91% or less. Chronic Absence is associated with the two lowest attendance performance levels: below basic attendance and far below basic attendance. Through various research findings, chronic absence has been linked to lower levels of student achievement.

Cumulative Attendance rate: The cumulative attendance rate is a statistic that depicts the most current attendance rate, accounting for attendance from the beginning of a given school year. It is different from the monthly attendance rate in that it does not capture an individual month's attendance rate.

Monthly Attendance rate: The monthly attendance rate is a statistic that depicts the attendance rate for the specific month. It is different from cumulative attendance rate in that it does not incorporate the attendance rate from other months.

Performance Meter: The performance meter is a scorecard to measure and guide the performance of our district through indicators that center on the District's five goals: 100% Graduation, Proficiency for All, 100% Attendance, Parent and Community Engagement, and School Safety.

Attendance Tracking Data

Student Attendance Performance levels: The student attendance performance levels (aligned to the five student achievement performance levels) were created in order to establish a strategic method in tracking attendance data. See illustration below for performance meter goals and the definition for the five attendance performance levels.

Square Bullet  Advanced Attendance: Students who achieve advanced attendance maintain an attendance rate of 100% cumulative from the first day of school, with zero absences.

Square Bullet  Proficient Attendance: Students with proficient attendance maintain an attendance rate of 96-99% cumulative from the first day of school and are meeting the superintendent's district-wide goal.

Square Bullet  Basic Attendance: Students with basic attendance have an attendance rate of 92-95% cumulative from the first day of school.

Square Bullet  Below Basic Attendance: Students with below basic attendance have an attendance rate of 87-91% cumulative from the first day of school. (Also, see definition for Chronic Absence)

Square Bullet  Far Below Basic Attendance: Students with far below basic attendance have an attendance rate below 87% cumulative from the first day of school. (Also, see definition for Chronic Absence)