Do criminal penalties for truancy help boost attendance or prevent dropouts? Policy debates have included the same concerns for decades.
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April 02, 2015
March 05, 2015
Sending students to court for missing school is counterproductive and overly punitive, an advocacy group says.
September 02, 2014
A study by Attendance Works tracks the effects of absences on NAEP scores at a state-by-state level.
July 28, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights issued guidance about schools' treatment of pregnant students in 2013.
December 26, 2013
A Kentucky task force has recommended changes to the state's justice system that could reduce youth incarceration rates in part by limiting court involvement for offenses like truancy.
December 11, 2013
A national study found few states have investigated whether decisions to raise compulsory school attendance ages actually reduced dropout rates. The study recommends a careful review of the effects as Maryland raises its attendance age in two phases.
September 19, 2013
Only the school district that can address its own climate and turn around a sluggish economy by itself will be the one that prevents dropouts.
August 02, 2013
The "Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports for Alabama Students" design document focuses on prevention and early intervention, shifting the focus away from reactionary measures.
July 30, 2013
A new dropout-warning system being built in Montgomery County, Md., can flag 75 percent of future dropouts as early as the second semester of 1st grade. But what do you do with that kind of information?
July 16, 2013
A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money.