Register for Using Attendance Data for Decision-Making: Strategies for State and Local Education Agencies.

Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm (Pacific Time)

When students miss school, they fall behind their peers academically, which can have lasting effects throughout their education and hurt their chance to graduate.

This REL West webinar will address the importance of accurately tracking student attendance data and how those data can be used to make policy and practice decisions that will help chronically absent students get back on track.

Concrete examples of how state and local education agencies can work within and across their departments and communities to address chronic absence will be provided. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to engage in a group discussion and question-and-answer session with the presenters.

Who Will Benefit

  • State and local education agency administrators

What You Will Learn

  • How attendance data, when examined effectively, can drive decision-making that will support chronically absent students
  • An inquiry process for examining attendance data that can uncover absence trends and build shared understanding and consensus for problem solving
  • Actions other districts have taken as a result of collecting and understanding attendance data


  • Kenwyn Derby (moderator), Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Sue Fothergill, Facilitator, Attendance Works
  • Laura Hansen, Director of Information Management & Decision Support, Metro Nashville Public Schools