Tribal Attendance Pilot Projects
After the release of the Condition of Education for Oregon’s Tribal Students in January 2013, a study from the Chalkboard Project, the Government to Government Education Cluster (comprised of representatives from each of Oregon’s 9 federally recognized tribes) created a Policy Option Package (POP) to solicit state funding to reduce chronic absenteeism of American Indian/Alaska Native students. The study revealed if you were an American Indian/Alaska Native student nearly one-third (33%) in all grades were chronically absent (missing 10% or more of school days). While All Other students are at less than one-fifth (19%) chronically absent.
The Oregon legislature recently set aside $1.5 million to operate pilot projects to reduce chronic absenteeism of native students in nine preselected Oregon schools. This project is referred to as the Tribal Attendance Pilot Project (TAPP). Specifically, participating districts will receive up to $150,000 to hire a community advocate position with deep local connections to create a school-wide initiative to reduce chronic absenteeism. The funding is available January 2016 to June 2017.
The intent of the collaboration is to strengthen the links between Oregon tribes and the schools that serve enrolled tribal members. However, because this is a school-wide initiative it will positively impact the attendance of every student attending those schools.
The remaining $150,000 will be used by ODE to mount a broad-based messaging campaign about the importance of school attendance, to provide technical support and training for the family advocate cohort, and monitor and report on the effectiveness of the pilot.
The outcome products include evaluation of promising practices, robust data sharing partnerships and provide impetus for a tribal member performance improvement plan that highlights the effective collaboration of the tribes and rural school districts.
Pilot Project Proposals:
TAPP Tribal Family Advocate Online Resources:
Initial Research: Defining the problem
Chief Education Office:
Attendance Works Research:
What is Happening Across the Nation? Tribal Specific Research
For more information regarding TAPP, please contact Indian Education Specialist Ramona Halcomb, Ramona.Halcomb@ode.state.or.us
or by phone: 503-947-5695