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Tribal Attendance Promising Practices (TAPP)

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 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 $155,000 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 enrolled Tribal members. 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

2022 TAPP Training 

Our 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 (Links coming soon): 

For more information regarding TAPP, including copies of each site's plan, please contact Renee Roman Nose 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