A new accountability system is helping Glendale Unified increase student attendance rates while also boosting state funding doled out based on the number of occupied classroom seats.
For the last decade, the district’s student attendance rate has hovered around 96%, said Eva Lueck, chief business and financial officer.
During the 2009-10 school year, which saw the Station fire, debris flows and related evacuations, that number slipped to 95.7%. The district subsequently spent $86,900 to implement a new accountability system called Attention2Attendance.
Two years later, attendance rates have climbed to 97.4%, Lueck said.
“Our students are attending on a higher percentage and we are paid for that attendance,” Lueck said. “What that meant to us was $1.3 million over what we were projecting.”
With districts funded by the state based on average daily attendance – currently that funding stands at $5,222 for a full school year – keeping students in their seats is big business. Some districts employ entire staff teams dedicated to combating truancy issues.