School Day Attendance & OST
Regular attendance at school is a prerequisite for academic success and graduation. Research shows that participating in high quality Out of School Time programs helps increase engagement in learning and improves school day attendance. The Maryland Out of School Time Network wants to strengthen that connection by helping OST providers think more intentionally about their own attendance practices and partnering closely with schools to help identify and better serve youth with attendance challenges.
Maryland participated in the "Chronic Absence Technical Assistance Project" (supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) with Attendance Works. In the process we conducted a survey on practice in the field and developed targeted tools and strategies.
(118 Respondents - Site Directors of Out of School Time Programs from Across Maryland)
83% feel it is Extremely Important that afterschool programs actively encourage school-day attendance
95% take attendance every day in their own program
32% of respondents have difficulty or cannot get school day attendance data for their participants
83% say that school administrators/teachers know which students are enrolled in their programs
However, only39% share afterschool program attendance data with schools
73% of respondents use their program attendance data to reach out to students and families who have attendance challenges (in the afterschool program)
70% provide incentives or rewards around program attendance
Links & Resources:
Attendance Works - National experts on reducing chronic absenteeism and increasing high attendance
- Afterschool School Program Attendance Self Assessment Tool
- Attendance and Out of School Time Programs Handout
Maryland Out of School Time Professional Attendance Training (Power Point) - an overview of how OST programs can be intentional about looking at student attendance and implement strategies for supporting students coming to school every day