A Study of Student Absenteeism in Pinellas County
J. Joseph Baldwin, MA; Denise M. Groesbeck OTR, MPA, MSW; Starr Silver, Ph.D.; and Charles Dion, MA
Given the importance of regular attendance and the current rate of absenteeism in Pinellas County Schools (PCS), the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB) and its partners embarked on a study to explore risk and protective factors associated with absenteeism. The PCS Research and Accountability Department provided a custom data set containing information on a cohort of students who attended a Pinellas County school beginning in kindergarten in AY 2004-05 and continuing through the end of eighth grade (AY 2012-13). These data, together with additional student and parent information from JWB’s Integrated Data System (IDS) were then matched to data at the Policy and Services Research Data Center (PSRDC) at the University of South Florida (USF). PSRDC data included information from Medicaid, Emergency Health Services, and the Departments of Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Child Welfare. Students and parents were linked across all data systems. These data together with data from the Child Opportunity Index were used to explore relative risk and protective factors and they relate to place.
Actionable Analytics LLC’s Joe Baldwin was the lead on this project, conducting the spatial analyses and contributing to the research and write-up.