We serve as district staff, promotional team, subject matter experts, data analysts and project managers to ensure every step is taken, consistently, all the time
The company, led by Jeff Williams – a former auditor, tax specialist and efficiency expert – has over the past eight years perfected an attendance management system that serves as a primary conduit between the schools and the community. The core product, Attention2Attendance® (A2A), functions as an engagement tool, linking the principals with their students and most importantly, the parents. “We have the strategies, the proprietary software, sensible process and oversight to get results. We serve as district staff, promotional team, subject matter experts, data analysts and project managers to ensure every step is taken, consistently, all the time,” says Williams.
With the help of SI&A, district administrators can get a global view of attendance trends, which also facilitates the ability to make proactive interventions. Districts nationally that utilize the system boast enormous improvements in attendance: 25 percent less truancy, 30 percent drop in excessive excused absences and a reduction in chronic absenteeism of 50 percent. District attendance information is reviewed as often as once a week by three different teams at SI&A. There are also automated data routines that check data constancy, flag unexplained anomalies and apply comparative analysis to district historical trends.
“A2A brought profound change and phenomenal success to our district,” says Scott Vernoy, director of Student Services at Livermore Valley JUSD. “The system helped us to become more efficient and responsive to the needs of our families and students. We decreased dropout rates, improved graduation rates, closed the achievement gap and ensured the success of each and every student.”
Williams notes that the real mission of the company is to change the culture of public schools – where data drives decisions and showing up is everyone’s priority.