Student Attendance Challenges

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Currently in the 1995 Education Act, it states that “compulsory school age in Saskatchewan is age seven to 15 years inclusive. Persons in charge of a student (e.g. parent or guardian) must ensure the student’s regular attendance in a provincial school if the student is of compulsory school age (Walk, Chomos, Burgess, 2009, p.4)”. It is important to understand that regular attendance is mandated in the province of Saskatchewan and has pre-determined consequences for failure to comply with this responsibility. Challenges in dealing with student attendance are in direct relation to a priority of publicly funded schools and needs to be addressed in a manner that with a high level of importance. Through statistics, research and studies this paper will look at the rationale of a specific attendance challenges, relation to student outcomes, stakeholder interests, ethical and legal issues and finally strategies to improve the situation. Rationale With the media and communities having an increased interest in large scale assessment and quantitative comparison of schools and divisions, schools are being deemed successes or failures based on a select number of variables. This is also being applied to unique diversity situations found in our province. One of the major variables is student attendance. It may seem irrelevant that attendance be used in making comparisons as it is required by law but the effects of low attendance rates is vast. It not only impacts individual student learning but also the school as a community. Direct relations are being made from low attendance rates to a school providing a lower quality of education. However this paper will focus not on the comparisons of schools regarding attendance rate but at the basic... ... middle of paper ... ... Continuous Improvement Framework: A guide for school division strategic planning (Document number 12181). Regina, SK. Kwarteng, E.F., (2006). Implementing Nunavut Education Act: Compulsory School Attendance Policy. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 55. Melnechenko, L., Horsman, H. (1998). Factors that contribute to aboriginal students success in school in school in grades six to nine. Saskatchewan Education. Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. (2009) Saskatchewan Education Indicators Report. Regina, SK. Walker, K., Chomos, J., Burgess, D. (2009). A guide to saskatchewan school law. (Ed). Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit. Young, J., Levin, B., Wallin, D. (2007). Understanding Canadian schools: An introduction to educational administration (4 ed). Ontario: Thomson Nelson.
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