September 8, 2015
TRUANCY - In school on time, all day, everyday….
Create an attendance committee!!! - Be open and consistent with the policy and rules
TPM ( Truancy Prevention Measures) MUST be in place.
Truancy Prevention Measures (TPM): designed to
Address student truant conduct before a truancy referral is necessary – Remember the barriers, aversion, discretion
2. Minimize the need for truancy referrals
Follow the time frame and deadline in filing cases!
School districts shall impose a truancy improvement plan that must be signed by the school employee. Schools will make an effort to obtain parent signatures
1. Plan must include: specific description of required and restricted behavior
2. A time period the plan will be effective (but no more than 45 school days)
3. Penalties for violations, including additional disciplinary action or referral to truancy court.
A school district shall initiate TPM if the student has accumulated 3 or more full day or partial day unexcused absences in a four-week period.
Dallas ISD provides a
Required Notice to parents (campus)
parent portal , mailed warnings, parent portal, attendance contracts
Mail Warning Notice after 3 unexcused absences in a four-week period (central)
Notify parents and students TPM opportunities (Campus and Central)
in and out of school programs
Truancy improvement Plan ( Behavior Improvement Plan per HB2398)(individual too!)
Attendance improvement contract
School based services
Counseling, mediation, mentoring or other services aimed at addressing the
When all else fails, it is required to have
TX State law mandates that legal intervention shall be made within 10 school days of the student’s tenth qualifying absence, unless TPMs are successful
10th day of absence
3 days to submit a note day day1-3
Day 4 do not accept the note. Policy. Given 3 days.
Input the note day 4
2 days campus approval day 6-7
1 day ED approval day 8
1 day for notary day 9
Filing deadline day 10
CAMPUS LEVEL METRICS
Absence Change Rate: changes made due to error of the campus; want this low
Campus Approval Rate: want this high
Conviction Rate: high; correct address, summons every week before court (look at SAMS)
Dismissal rate: schools making changes last minute; high on this means 2 negatives
Several additional measures will be added:
Absence certification rate: data person should be doing this; you will get a report = expectation with data controller
Truancy Prevention measure Compliance Rate:
Principal determines if notes are excused or unexcused by district policy.
By policy, if out 5 days, medical note is required
If out for 10 days in a grading period, medical note is required.
Dental appointments may cause them late- may be excused. Not less than 20 minutes!! (elem- agreement)
MS,HS, only 1st period is marked absent , 2nd pd. (absent if not there 2nd period)
Truant referrals must include
Statement from the school certifying TPMs were applied and they failed
State if child is eligible for or receives Special Ed services
The truancy court shall dismiss the referral if these statements are not included.
Deep Dive Felipe Vargas
Data Driven Instruction
4 fundamental keys to DDI
1. Assessment: Roadmap to Rigor ; assessment tool selection drives level of rigor of instruction; transparent starting point ; reassess
2. Assessment Application
3. Analysis "How a leader uses the time he or she spends analyzing the assessments with the teachers is what dictates results. Paul Bambrick- Santoyo, Leverage Leadership p. 35
4. Analysis Application : Lead effective analysis meeting
Assessment, analysis, and action plans are meaningless if they are not implemented." Santoyo
Planning, Implementation, Monitoring
laura's Deep dive : Reading block non-negotiables
3- year Data for Writing and Reading presented
Creating the path for Improvement :
Solid Leadership team - able and willing to create capacity within their "power zone"
Solid PLC system - structured for success
Horizontal and Vertical PLC weekly
Vertical once a month
resistance especially ELL teachers teaching Math and need to collaborate with
Principal must monitor and be a part of this - place in your calendar! [or at least get in touch with your coaches and department heads]
Planning Tool Kit
1st phase: analysis goals kit TEKS; Lead 4ward , curr maps ACP semester blueprints
STAAR blue prints Question stems , IQ
2nd phase recurrent instructional calendar
implementation ACP blue print
Daily 5 (60-90-120 min blocks) small group instruction , guided reading
ELPS (Listeniong, Speaking, Reading, Writing)
math,Reading, Scienceand Social Studies
Reader's Wshop Word Study Writer's WShop
ELA-SLA Balanced literacy model