Tardiness

Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on truancy, which is connected with tardiness, show that school attendance and tardiness are major factors when it comes to school success and student behavior. School tardiness relates to other outcomes as follows:

Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education on truancy show that school attendance and tardiness are major factors when it comes to student behavior and school success. School tardiness relates to other outcomes as follows:

  • Students who are frequently tardy have lower grades, scores on standardized assessments, and graduation rates. Chronic tardiness in elementary and middle school is associated with failure in high school. A national study reported higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness for dropouts (Ekstrom, Goertz, Pollack, and Rock, 1986).
     
  • Teachers surveyed for the National Center for Education Statistics 2007 Indicators of School Crime and Safety, reported that students who are frequently tardy have higher rates of suspension and other disciplinary actions.
     
  • Students who are frequently tardy to school are more apt to have attendance and tardiness problems when entering the workforce.

At the program level, assessing success may be done by comparing data collected at program intake, at later intervals, and/or at exit between participants and non-participants. It is also meaningful to compare results for the current cohort (those who entered the program at the same time in the current  year) with those of previous cohort or examine data obtained from previous years or quarters on the same cohort.

By Urban Institute

 

Sources Cited

Dinkes, R., Forrest Cataldi, E., Lin-Kelly, W. (2007). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007. NCES Publication No. 2008021.

Ekstrom, Ruth, Goertz, M., Pollack, J., & Rock, D. (1986). Who Drops Out of High School and Why? Findings from a National Study. Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 3, p. 356-373. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 688, Date Accessed: 7/25/2011, 11:26:46 AM.