Though goals may be added, the primary purpose of the Study Council shall be to provide training and information that will aid the attendance personnel to improve their professional competencies in performing their responsibilities. The goals and activities are listed in, but not limited to, the Tennessee Code Annotated; the Rules, Regulations, and Minimum Standards of the State Board of Education; the Student Membership and Attendance Accountability
Procedures Manual and the Educational Information System Business Rules of the Department of Education.

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Supporting Students Who Are Chronically Out of School

​Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, chronic absenteeism will be a part of district and school accountability. The measure will be called the Chronically Out-of-School Indicator. This indicator will be based on what research calls chronic absenteeism, which is defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of the days the student is enrolled-for any reason, including excused absences and out-of-school suspensions. Excessive absences from school represent lost instructional time for a student. The department of education encourages districts and schools to carefully review attendance data throughout the school year to ensure supports are in place to maximize learning time for all students.

In order to be successful in addressing chronic absenteeism, it is important that we view attendance as more than a legal or compliance issue and try to understand what factors may be contributing to a student’s absences. Furthermore, we can best serve students by viewing attendance as an opportunity to learn and chronic absences as an indication of barriers or conditions that are limiting that opportunity.