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Tribal Attendance Promising Practices (TAPP)

After the release of the The Condition of Education for Members of Oregon's Indian Tribes in January 2013, a study from the Chalkboard Project, the Government to Government Education Cluster (comprised of representatives from each of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon) 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.

Tribal Attendence Promising Practices (TAPP) 

The Oregon legislature set aside funds for the 2021-2023 biennium to operate TAPP projects focused on supporting the attendance of Native students in nine preselected Oregon school districts. TAPP will enable participating districts to receive up to $186,530.55 for their Family Advocate position, which has deep local connections, to create school-wide initiatives focused on reducing chronic absenteeism.

The intent of the collaboration is to strengthen the links between Oregon Tribes and the schools that serve any student identifying as American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) , even if the student is not a member of a federally recognized tribe. TAPP differs from Title VI programs in that fundamental way. However, because this is a school-wide initiative, it will positively impact the attendance of every student attending TAPP schools.

TAPP is proud to announce our newest partnership with the Salem-Keizer School District. This will be our first urban TAPP site, providing a TAPP Family Advocate to help Native students reduce chronic absenteeism and succeed in their academic goals.

TAPP Sites

TAPP School Districts and their Partnering Tribe

South Umpqua School District & Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Coos Bay School District NO. 9 & Coquille Indian Tribe

North Bend School District & Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

Lincoln County School District & Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Willamina School Distict & Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Salem-Keizer School District & Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Jefferson County School District 509J & Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Pendleton County School District 3 & Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Harney County School District 3 & Burns Paiute Tribe

Klamath County School District & Klamath Tribes

2023 TAPP Symposium

The Tribal Attendance Promising Practices Program held an end of year symposium for all TAPP Project Directors, Family advocates, Tribal Partners and esteemed guests. This event had the honor of hosting the Native Wellness Institute and Spoken Word Poet Shuina Sko who created a one of a kind poem you will find linked below. We would like to thank all who traveled near and far to attend the 2023 TAPP Symposium and we will be looking foward to hosting next years event! Please enjoy the photos taken from the symposium along with the Best Practices Slide show from our TAPP Family Advocates. 

TAPP Symposium Photos

Poem: "Family is Us" by Shuina Sko

TAPP Family Advocates Best Practices Slide Show

OIE TAPP 2022 Fall Site Visit 

Fall Comprehensive Report

*TAPP Best Practices in the report can be found on pg. 33-44

2021-2022 TAPP Training (Archive)

Our 2021-2022 TAPP Training was a success. We enjoyed the presentations shared by three inspiring guest speakers. You may access materials and view the recorded training below: 

TAPP Flier 28th.pdf

TAPP Training Recording pt. 1

TAPP Training Recording pt. 2

TAPP Slide Deck

For more information regarding the TAPP grant, district site plans, or have requests for trainings, consultation, or general questions please contact Stacy at:

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

Data Transparency

Please use the links below to review data submitted to ODE by school Districts

English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Assessment Reports** This link will also show you results from the Student Educational Equity Development Survey (SEED).

At-A-Glance School District Profiles 

Regular Attenders (formerly "Not Chronically Absent") Report

Graduation and Dropout Rates

Oregon Statewide Report Card: 2021-2022

Research Documents

AI/AN Students in Oregon: A Review of Key Indicators

Condition of Education for Members of Oregon's Indian Tribes 

Higher Education and Training for Native American/Alaskan Native Students in Oregon, November 2021

2022 Oregon Educator Equity Report, Educator Advancement Council

Additional Resources 

Contact the Office of Indian Education

April Campbell, Director:

Renee Roman Nose, Native American Student Success Coordinator:

Brent Spencer, Indian Education Coordinator:

Brandon Culbertson, Indian Education Engagement Coordinator:

Stacy Parrish, Indian Education Specialist:

Raina Reece, Executive Support Specialist:

Jennifer Belle, Office Specialist: