School administrations have long been struggling with how to raise attendance and there is a new tracking solution that is designed to do just that.
With many high schools receiving money based on their Average Daily Attendance (ADA), making sure the students are in their seats, ready for instruction has never been more important.
The attendance tracking module allows campuses to seamlessly integrate with their Student Information System and track student attendance, helping teachers to enforce attendance policies that would otherwise be extremely difficult to manage in large classes.
According to statistics from the 2014-15 school year, there were over 48,000 students enrolled in Oakland Unified School District-run schools and district charter schools. The district says its attendance figures are close to 95% district-wide, although with a student tracking solution those numbers would undoubtedly rise.
This solution works just as well for elementary schools as it does for middle schools and high schools, which have the added challenge of students going to different classrooms throughout the day.
Students are asked to carry a smart card with them that is to be scanned each time a student enters a classroom. Not only will administrations be able to track attendance but they can chart tardiness as well; often times a real problem for late running teens.
The additional benefits of this tracking system include electronic reporting for class attendance and real-time integration with student information systems.
Ultimately, the real benefit is in having the student physically in the seat for class. In a study of schools and attendance in Texas, it’s estimated that 40% of the funding for each individual student comes from their attendance. Making sure the attendance figures are correct can have a district-wide fiscal impact approaching $1 million.
Bottom line, an investment in attendance today can reap financial benefits for school districts in the future. Not to mention, having students ACTUALLY show up to class can only help their educational journey as well.