How has the role of county offices of education (COEs) in improving attendance changed over time? Traditionally, COEs lead the county SARB process to address truancy. This is evolving to support districts to reduce chronic absence through the LCAP and Differentiated Assistance processes. In this panel presentation, Monterey County Office of Education and Sacramento County Office of Education explore ways in which COEs are positively impacting student attendance practices.

This is the third Open Door session of the Shifting Mindsets on Chronic Absenteeism series and is targeted towards everyone who cares about improving school attendance, including policymakers, educators, advocates, community partners, families, students, researchers, and the groups helping to build capacity in schools.


Caryn Lewis, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Monterey County Office of Education

Rachel Perry, Executive Director, Center for Student Assessment & Program Accountability, Sacramento County Office of Education

Cecelia Leong, Vice President of Programs, Attendance Works




Session 1: A Tale of Two Systems – Responding to Unexcused and Excused Absences

Session 2: Renewing Our Minds – Transforming How We Approach Attendance

California DataQuest

Brief: Successes and Challenges in Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

Q&A from Session