A Policy Fact Sheet

Addressing chronic absenteeism is a continuous process that involves understanding its prevalence and identifying characteristics of chronically absent students, then identifying, applying, and tracking interventions, assessing their effectiveness, and adjusting them accordingly. A core piece of addressing absenteeism is creating a data system which sits at the center of all subsquent steps in the process.


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The John Gardner Center partners with communities to develop leadership, conduct research, and effect change to improve the lives of youth.

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DATE: May 10, 2014  TIME: 11:00 am — 6:30 pm

LOCATION: CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University



Through the California Office to Reform Education, the Gardner Center is helping eight of California's largest school districts to adopt new measures of success to improve student learning and close achievement gaps. The work with the districts comes after each was granted an unprecedented NCLB waiver, and makes the Gardner Center the data and analysis hub for one of the most closely watched school reform efforts in the country.


Since 2011, the Gardner Center has examined school-based outcomes for San Mateo County Preschool for All students who went on to attend elementary school in Redwood City School District. The latest study follows these students through third grade, providing a complete look at the PreK to third grade experiences of children who participated in San Mateo County's high-quality preschool program.

Founding Director Milbrey McLaughlin discusses the lasting legacy of John W. Gardner at the JWG Centennial.

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