High school attendance is up in Austin ISD

Twenty-two elementary schools in Austin ISD will benefit from a state grant funding mental health services.

Twenty-two elementary schools in Austin ISD will benefit from a state grant funding mental health services.

High school attendance has increased in Austin ISD compared with this time last year, according to the most recent attendance monitoring report presented to the AISD board of trustees on Jan. 9.

In the second six weeks of the 2016-17 school year, high school attendance rates came in at 94.1 percent, a 0.8 percent increase compared with this time last year.

"It takes a lot to move attendance, so for it to increase is really significant," Debra Ready, executive director of AISD's Office of Accountability and Assessment, said.

Middle school attendance remained the same, and the percentage of elementary students with five or more absences increased from 3.9 percent to 5.2 percent from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

The number of discretionary removals during the second six weeks increased for African-American, economically disadvantaged, and special education student groups, but decreased for Hispanic students and English Language Learners. During the same meeting, the board discussed a potential ban on discretionary removals for children in grades pre-K to second grade, which if passed, is likely to decrease this phenomenon in the coming years.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.