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Release: #18-33
April 26, 2018
Contact: Cynthia Butler
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2018 Model School Attendance Program Winners

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that 16 school attendance programs were recognized as Model School Attendance Review Boards (SARBs) for exemplary practices to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student attendance.

“Students can’t learn if they aren’t in class. The role of these school attendance champions is critical to ensuring that kids are in school each day and those students who are having attendance problems are properly supported,” said Torlakson. “These dedicated professionals are creating a cohesive and collaborative circle between the parent, the school, and the community. They are shining examples of what can occur when everyone is pulling in the same direction to ensure that all students have the chance at academic success.”

The announcement of the Model SARBs follows the availability of statewide chronic absenteeism data in December 2017 for the first time in California, providing a new understanding of chronic absenteeism patterns in schools, districts, and counties across the state. These data highlight the importance of efforts by local SARBs to reduce the number of students who are missing more than 10 percent of the days enrolled.

Model SARBs are using absenteeism data with their partners to target where resources are needed most. Their strategies can be models for counties and districts with high concentrations of chronic absenteeism.

Torlakson convenes the State SARB to bring together key agencies and community partners to facilitate a three-tiered approach to reducing chronic absenteeism and dropout rates in the state: prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention. The expert panel appointed by Torlakson reviewed the applications submitted by local and county SARBs throughout the state.

The Model SARB awards will be presented at the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance State Conference on May 9, 2018, in Fresno.

Below are the 16 Model SARBS and their chairpersons:

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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