Student attendance is a simple and easy way to measure a student’s performance.
Research shows that attendance is an important factor in student achievement – linked to better academic performance, higher graduation rates and fewer behavioral problems.
One strategy for improving attendance rates at your k12 school is engaging parents, students and school administrators in an attendance incentive program.
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Attendance Incentive Programs Don’t Need to Be Costly
Simple rewards like extra recess time and free homework passes can go a long way toward motivating students.
2. Avoid ONLY Recognizing Perfect Attendance
Perfect attendance isn’t always achievable, so try to reward improved attendance too!
3. Offer Incentives for Families, Not Just Students
Student attendance is a team effort and families appreciate access to resources like food and local events.
4. Focus on Parent Engagement and Parent Communication
Ensure families are aware of the student attendance incentive program and why student attendance matters for academic success through effective parent communication. Sending automated attendance alerts when their child is late or absent is also a great way to communicate expectations.
Creating a school climate that fosters a culture of good student attendance isn’t easy – everyone needs to participate!
What are you doing at your k-12 school to improve student attendance rates? Share your thoughts on our blog!