Respond to the non-academic factors that influence school participation and performance.
Research shows that non-academic factors such as chronic absenteeism, trauma, poverty, and adversity negatively impact academic performance. Young people who experience these non-academic factors are more likely to drop out of high school. Community partners can support efforts to keep youth in high school by meeting their mental and physical health need and building a sense of community- and school-based belonging.
- Chronic-absenteeism data is widely available and can be used as a first-look to identify students in need of support.
- Social and emotional learning can empower school staff and students to manage adversity through an emphasis on managing emotions, setting positive goals, empathy, and having positive relationships. Investing in social and emotional learning is shown to decrease disciplinary infractions and increase academic performance.
- Caring adults in schools and partner organizations can offer services to alleviate the impacts of trauma, poverty, and adversity. For example, they can provide access to dental, physical, and mental healthcare in the school, offer meal or laundry services, or extend empathy to their students.