Chronic absenteeism has been a challenge in St. Joseph, Missouri for over 150 years. It was first identified as a barrier to learning back in 1865 by the first Superintendent of Schools, Edward B. Neely. In his first annual report, he identified irregular attendance as a major obstacle for the community.
The decision to adopt a particular high school schedule is certain to generate significant community discussion. Opinions vary about the most effective or most fiscally responsible format. Given the importance and visibility of high schools in most communities, it stands to reason that any proposed change should be subjected to scrutiny. The following post recounts one district’s journey to evaluate the effectiveness of a secondary schedule format.
Approximately 26% of the school year is complete in the St. Joseph School District. The past 44 days of school witnessed the launch of an important community initiative known as Strive for Five. Initial results from the campaign will be shared below. Click here to learn more about the origin of this campaign, or here to review specific action steps included in our PDSA framework.