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State Board and Deputy Mayor Kick Off Every Day Counts! Attendance Campaign

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Washington, DC- The State Board of Education (SBOE) and Deputy Mayor for Education’s joint attendance campaign, Every Day Counts! will kick off tonight at Calvin Coolidge High School. Members of the SBOE will join Deputy Mayor Jennifer Niles, Calvin Coolidge High School Principal Richard Jackson, and members of the citywide Truancy Task Force this evening to announce the initiative and talk about the importance of attendance.

The Every Day Counts! campaign helps schools incentivize attendance by providing rewards for individual students who improve their attendance. Research shows that missing just 10 percent of the school year can have dramatic effects on academic success in future grades. Even absences in preschool have been shown to cause delays throughout grade school.

“Being in school every day is vital,” said Jack Jacobson, SBOE President and Ward 2 Member. “The State Board is proud to be a part of a renewed focus on ensuring that our students are in school and where they need to be to succeed.”

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and more information about the campaign can be found at attendance.dc.gov.

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at sboe.dc.gov.