Wisconsin public schools share responsibility with parents/guardians to ensure school-age children are enrolled in and attending appropriate educational programs. The Department of Public Instruction provides consultation, technical assistance, and resources to help reduce truancy and improve attendance.
Below are Department of Public Instruction publications and other resources about school attendance and strategies to reduce truancy and improve attendance.
Attendance Promotion and Dropout Prevention
- National Center for School Engagement
- National Dropout Prevention Network
- Measuring Student Engagement in Upper Elementary through High School: A Description of 21 Instruments
- Dropout Prevention - National Education Association
- Dropout Prevention - U.S. Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse
- The Wisconsin Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) provides predictive scores for which middle school students will not complete high school on schedule to help guide and focus local supports and interventions.
Attendance in Early Grades
- State Superintendent Evers' Letter to Elementary School Principals (August 2014)
- Sample Letter for Parents (August 2014)
- Early Attendance Parent Fact Sheet (2012)
- Early Attendance Parent Fact Sheet - Spanish (2012)
- Early Attendance Research (2012)
- Early Grades Attendance Resources
Compulsory School Attendance and Truancy
- Answers to Frequently Asked Compulsory School Attendance Questions (2016)
- Five-year-old Kindergarten Attendance and First Grade Admission
- Habitual Truancy and Virtual Schools
- Best Practices in Developing Truancy Reduction Programs - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2008)
- What research tells us about effective truancy prevention and intervention programs – UW-Madison and UW-Madison Extension
- Best Practices Review: Truancy Reduction Efforts Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (2008)
- Finding Effective Solutions to Truancy – UW-Madison and UW-Madison Extension
- Alternative Education
- Contracting with Technical Colleges and Other Ways to Complete High School
- GED/HSED Program
- Home-Based Private Education Program (Home Schooling)
- Open Enrollment (for educators)
- Open Enrollment (for parents)
For questions about this information, call the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Helpline at (608)266-8960, or email email@example.com.