Using Proving Ground to Impact Chronic Absenteeism

Using Proving Ground to Impact Chronic Absenteeism

Housed within Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy & Research, Proving Ground is a program designed to support capacity building around the use of data and analysis in continuous improvement efforts. Districts participating in Proving Ground receive support from Harvard staff within three broad categories:
  • Peer Networking;
  • Data and Analytics; and
  • Change Management. 

During the 2017-2018 school year, Ohio began collaborating with Proving Ground to address Chronic Absenteeism

Two Ohio school districts – Canton City and Maple Heights City – make up the initial cohort of Ohio’s Proving Ground districts. Through Proving Ground, these two districts are receiving coaching on needs assessments, researching and selecting evidence-based practices, piloting their proposed solutions through adaptive evaluation and examining results to understand what is working for their students and families.

Joint state-district participation in Proving Ground is one of several strategies through which Ohio aims to:

  • Inspire a cultural change, emphasizing the use of data in driving school improvement;
  • Encourage opportunities that contribute to reduced chronic absenteeism rates at participating districts; and
  • Incorporate what we learn from Proving Ground into Ohio’s evidenced-based resources, making those resources accessible to all Ohio districts.

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Last Modified: 7/17/2018 3:52:35 PM