Phyllis W. Jordan is editorial director of FutureEd, a nonpartisan think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is author of the Attendance Playbook produced jointly with FutureEd and Attendance Works.
Written By Phyllis Jordan
What D.C. schools need to do to tackle chronic absenteeism
In the two years since a graduation controversy at Ballou High School exposed a serious student absenteeism problem across the city, D.C.’s traditional public schools and many of its public charter schools have deployed numerous interventions to improve attendance. Extensive evidence suggests that absenteeism undermines learning, beginning in very early grades. National…