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.
Following a successful pilot year, TAPP was reauthorized for the 2017-2019 biennium. On May 24 - 25, 2017, TAPP sites shared their strategies and successes for the first year of the TAPP Pilot.
The Oregon legislature set aside $1.55 million for the 2017-19 biennium to operate TAPP projects to reduce chronic absenteeism of native students in nine preselected Oregon school districts. TAPP specifically will enable participating districts to receive up to $155,000 for their family advocate position which has deep local connections to create school-wide initiatives to reduce chronic absenteeism.
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 TAPP schools.
ODE will mount another broad-based messaging campaign (last year's campaign was TAPP posters) about the importance of school attendance, and provide technical support and training for the family advocates, and monitor and report on the effectiveness of TAPP.
For more information regarding TAPP, including copies of each site's plan, please contact Indian Education Specialist Ramona Halcomb 503-947-5695
TAPP Tribal Family Advocate Success Stories
"There has been a decrease of chronic absenteeism in our school and an increased level of communication with parents. I have seen countless other ways this program has benefitted the students and the community. It is an amazing program, one I hope we are able to continue."
-Pendleton Family Advocate
"I talk about setting goals, creating new routines and succeeding in school by making school a priority and the necessity for higher education (especially for AI/AN students) ... it is very motivating when they (families with students) know someone within their school district so interested in their family and student success."
-South Umpqua School District Family Advocate