Wash. middle schools employ program to improve student attendance

11/21/2013 | Seattle Times, The

Two middle schools in Seattle using a national program called Diplomas Now have seen vast improvements in students' attendance and achievement. Based on research showing that missing 20 days in sixth grade is a red flag for dropping out, the program employs volunteers who are recent college graduates to track the attendance of 10 students whom they mentor, inquire about their absences or tardiness and tutor during class.

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