How to Improve School Attendance

A Practical Guide for Schools and School Districts
A Project of the Los Angeles County Education Coordinating Council


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Important Tools for Each Component

Needs Assessment

Each needs assess­ment incor­porates six steps.(2)

1. Focusing the problem

2. Developing needs assessment questions

3. Identifying targets for intervention (unit of analysis)

4. Developing a data collection plan

5. Analyzing and displaying data

6. Disseminating and communicating results

Figures 2a and 2b show a sample needs assess­ment instrument for a com­pre­hensive school counsel­ing program. (3)

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Figures 3a through 3c show a sample score­card for co­ordi­nated safe and healthy school assess­ment practices.(4)

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Resource Mapping

Figure 4 shows a sample form to compile a list of school-site re­sources and staff.(5)

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Figure 5 shows a sample com­munity re­source list.(6)

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2 Grinnell, Gabor, & Unrau. Program Evaluation for Social Workers: Foundations of Evidence-Based Programs. Oxford University Press, USA. 2009. (Chapter 5, pp. 97–127)
3 Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Program, 2000
4 Los Angeles Unified School District
5, 6 Los Angeles Unified School District Pupil Services, Attendance Improvement Program

A sample resource guide, compiled through the Gateway to Success program at the Alhambra Unified School District, appears in Overview Appendix: Sample Community Resource Guide.

Climate Surveys

Understanding the current percep­tions of your school climate—by students, parents, and other stake­holders—is the first step toward making any change. Under­standing the strengths of indivi­dual students and the diffi­culties they may ex­peri­ence at school like­wise informs the process.

Figures 6a through 6d show sample school climate surveys to be com­pleted by students.(7)

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Figures 7a through 7f show a sample community survey.(8)

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7, 8 Alhambra Unified School District

Scoring Rubric

Figures 8a through 8f show the strengths and dif­ficul­ties question­naires and scoring rubric—used to measure conduct prob­lems, hyper­activity, emotion­al symp­toms, peer prob­lems, and pro­social behaviors for chil­dren ages four to 17.(9)

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9 Alhambra Unified School District


Overview Appendix: Sample Community Resource Guide

The Alhambra Unified School District's Community Resource Guide can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking the following title page icon: 

Sample Community Resource Guide

 

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