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For the purpose of this study this literature review will analyze improving student attendance through building a family connection through parental involvement. If students are in school on time everyday then learning takes place. By building a family connection which highlights the importance of attendance, this will lead to improving student performance on standardized test, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems/Scholastic Reading Inventory (MCAS/SRI). Decreasing the rate of student truancy and absenteeism has been and continues to be the goal of
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In the past my buildings response to filing yellow attendance cards has been slow, causing many students with attendance issues to go unnoticed. It is my hope that the process can be handled expeditiously with students being monitored and frequent phone calls home to alert and inform parents of a student’s absence from school. Historically, schools have always held the student accountable for truant behavior. Corville-Smith, (1995) and Hoyle (1998) state that “Truant and chronically absent students were considered deviants”. Frequently schools did not contact families until the problem was so severe that the student was failing their courses. Also research shows that the learning environment of an entire school can be affected by an individual student’s attendance problem. Most schools receive funds by the population they have attending school on a regular basis. If Districts and school attendance rates are low, educational programs and resources are in jeopardy of being cut. Also, in some locations student attendance is used as an indicator of how well a school is functioning and requirements are set and monitored for rating (Maryland State Department of Education, 1999) Studies investigating family practice have suggested that “not all parental involvement activities are associated with attendance” (Lee, 1994) for example;
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