NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -Students who attend school regularly achieve more. In North Plainfield we are happy to share that student achievement and student attendance are both on the rise.
This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career, even as early as preschool and kindergarten. With this in mind, the North Plainfield Schools embarked upon a focused effort to share information about the attendance-achievement relationship and support families in a structured and proactive way that results in greater time in school and more time that students are engaged in learning.
For a second consecutive year, all of North Plainfield’s elementary schools showed significant gains in attendance. Attendance in the early grades is critically important so that students receive a strong base of learning and adopt healthy attendance patterns that they are likely to carry with them in their future years of education.
Overall, chronic absenteeism, defined as students missing 10% or more of the school year, decreased in 2016-2017 from 8.4% to 7.7%. This dramatic improvement occurred despite an overall enrollment increase of nearly 1% in the past year. “Having a comprehensive approach to partnerships between schools, families, and communities allow schools to build on their strengths. Our approach in regards to increased student attendance is one that fosters positive attitudes about school and enhancing our communication and collaboration efforts with families”, remarked East End School Principal John Ferguson.
The trend toward increased attendance growth is forecasted to continue as the district extends its efforts in the upcoming year and works in partnership with families toward maximizing every student’s school experience.