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Started by Wendy Mack 26 Aug 2013 6:24pm () Replies (5)

Well it looks like we did it Barb!  Pat on the back for us.  I just read an interesting article in the PPTA news which rang a bell about our attendance data.  The article talks about using generalisations rather than factual information to change policy around education.  The main generalisation used in NZ is that 1 in 5 students are failing.  This is actually not the case.  When we talk about our attendance issues we also tend to generalise and in fact make excuses for our students low attendance.  We blame sick children, appointments and family issues, however when we actually "ask the question" and look at other useful variables such as age we realise that these excuses are ours, not the students. In fact in term one this year 7 of the lowest 10 attenders at our school were pregnant.  So much for sick kids.  I guess the answer is data.  Actually researching the issue and having some clear answers that we can then use to put in new incentives or strategies to support students coming to school.

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  • Rotoura Teen Parent Unit (View all users posts) 27 Aug 2013 4:14pm ()

    Should we look at the teacher inquiry idea and get the data from the students we are concerned with at the moment?  I am sure we could do something that would enlightened us.  I have a feeling we already know the answers its just how to get them to school regularly enough so they achieve.

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