Covid exacerbated the significant disparities in educational opportunities across the country. More than ever, it’s critical that districts leverage absenteeism data as an early warning indicator that students and families need extra support to stay on track. Districts can and should use recovery funds to put systems in place to mitigate barriers to student attendance in order to keep students academically on track.
Learn more about the scope of the issue and evidence-based strategies to overcome it in Present Danger our joint special report authored by FutureEd’s Associate Director Phyllis W. Jordan.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security Act
Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
American Rescue Plan
The allowable use of these funds is broader than previous legislation, enabling local districts to directly address the needs of their students, teachers, and communities. However, the legislation still emphasizes the need for evidence-based interventions as outlined by the ESSA.
Most “supplement not supplant” provisions found in the ESSA Title I are waived for these allocations. Districts can and should invest in ensuring students are present and accounted for this summer and beyond.
We’ve curated resources to help make it easier to understand how to use federal funds to mitigate barriers to learning. Check back often for updates.
Across the nation, districts implement our solution as part of their Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to proactively provide the support students and families need to stay on track. Each district has a unique approach to funding attendance intervention and family supports, but here are some of
the top ways districts fund our program along with the rationale for alignment.
EveryDay Intervention is the only K–12 attendance intervention with a “Strong Evidence” rating from Evidence for the ESSA out of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. That means districts can be confident they are compliant with the ESSA’s call for investing in evidence-based programs.
EveryDay Intervention is proven to reduce absenteeism among students from communities experiencing marginalization. Research shows chronic absence disproportionately affects these students due to systemic barriers. EveryDay Intervention provides families of these students with proactive support that helps them access learning opportunities.
EveryDay Intervention helps families access and navigate integrated district and community supports that promote health and wellness. EveryDay Intervention provides families the opportunity to address barriers to attendance from technological literacy to bullying with a multilingual Family Support Team.
EveryDay Intervention supports learning continuity for in-person, online, and blended learning models and specifically helps students and families overcome barriers to learning caused by COVID-19.
Attendance in the early grades is critical to reaching early learning milestones. EveryDay Intervention is proven to reduce absences in the early grades, and it also helps students and families develop healthy attendance habits during these formative years.
Chronic absence correlates to lower academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. Therefore, absence prevention and intervention is a powerful strategy for increasing academic achievement. EveryDay Intervention is proven to prevent absences across all K–12 demographics.
EveryDay Intervention provides a multidimensional approach to supporting positive student outcomes. It provides absence prevention and intervention, but also helps families overcome the barriers that result in absenteeism by connecting them to the right support.
EveryDay Intervention is funded through charitable grants from organizations such as the United Way, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation. The program’s evidence-based impact and equity-driven approach help align it to grant requirements.