Note: Information on this page is subject to change. Applicants should always refer to the performance measure instructions published with the NOFO. Grantees should refer to the performance measure instructions for the grant year in which they were funded.
Number of students that improved their school attendance over the course of the CNCS-supported program's involvement with the student.
Goal 1: Education: K-12 Success
Definition of Key Terms
Students: Those reported in either ED2 or ED4A.
CNCS-supported program involvement: Starts on the date national service participants begin working with students and ends with the date their involvement with the students ends or the end of the grant year, whichever comes first. "Working with students" does not need to be in direct work with the students. However, the national service participant must provide direct support that makes the program possible.
School attendance: NCLB approved definition. Based on the academic literature, the desired target is "attended 90% of school days." However, CNCS recognizes that some students might make huge improvements without hitting the 90% target and we want to capture that change over time.
How to Calculate/ Measure/ Collect Data
Will need to determine total possible school days between start and end date. Then using attendance records determine the actual number of days attended/absent. School / classroom attendance logs. To assess improvement over time, programs will need to obtain data on attendance prior to the CNCS-supported activity's involvement with student.
This measure is appropriate only for programs serving students with previously demonstrated attendance problems. Program should demonstrate that students previously had poor attendance and that after attending the program, the students‟ attendance improved.
Applicants and grantees may report on either ED27 or ED6 but not both measures to ensure an unduplicated count. Applicants are encouraged to select ED27, which is a more direct measure of academic engagement than ED6, but ED6 may be preferred if it is significantly easier to collect school attendance data than to obtain parental consent and administer a pre-post survey.