The GLR Campaign recognizes Hartford, Connecticut, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school attendance and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
Hartford launched a community-wide systemic and site-based strategy to reduce chronic absence through an education and awareness campaign targeting teachers, families and students along with the provision of staff support to address attendance policy at the school level for schools with the highest need. Since that time, the percentage of K–3 students who were chronically absent decreased from 23.3% to 18.4%. In the same timeframe, the overall percentage of third graders reading proficiently increased from 30% to 37.8% based on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized assessment.
The GLR Campaign also acknowledges Hartford’s effort to more intentionally learn about and track barriers to attendance to implement new and more intentional strategies to address them, with a focus on building a comprehensive data agenda that includes clearly established protocols and cross-sector participation with the development of community-level indicators.