Detroit Public Schools’ enrollment surpasses targets while attendance levels climb to 90%

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Roy S. Roberts today released the latest enrollment reports for the district’s 100 schools that show that the district has tentatively surpassed its fall term budgeted forecast based on student head count, and that daily attendance has reached 90%.

As of the most recent full school day for which data is available, Tuesday, September 18, 51,674 students have attended school in DPS this fall. The adopted fiscal year 2012-13 budget is based on a fall term enrollment of 49,852. On Tuesday, student attendance was 90 percent, with 46,668 students attending classes. Tuesday was the 11th day of the new school year.

“I continue to witness that attitudes are different across our schools this year,” Roberts said. “This is based on an overall positive direction moving forward, a smooth start operationally and academically for the new school year, a comprehensive effort in late summer aimed at ensuring parent and family readiness for the first day of school, and other new attendance initiatives.”

A new automated calling system which notifies families of a student’s absence in even one class each day has logged more than 177,000 calls. Some 50 ministers’ wives and widows participated in their new presence mission at DPS schools on Opening Day. Doors knocked on this August by Detroit Parent Network parent organizers and parent volunteers exceeded 2,000, and more than 100 events were covered by DPS enrollment teams during a several-week Back-to-School period. 41 Attendance agents have begun addressing truant children.

Roberts encouraged the parents and guardians of students who have not returned to classes this fall or whose attendance has lagged to act now to take advantage of the instruction taking place at this valuable time of the academic year.

Final count data for the October 3 and upcoming Winter term Count dates and 10-day reporting windows that follow is based on the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) students. The actual FTE could be less than “head count” enrollment, for example, for a high school level student not attending full schedule.

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