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Academics, and Even Attendance:
Charts and Graphs Tell the Story


As a Total Quality Management school, students and teachers are always setting goals and recording progress toward those goals. Frequently, students and teachers alike use tables, graphs, and charts to illustrate that progress. Each student has a notebook in which they keep their goals and charts. And visitors see graphs prominently displayed all around our school.

We chart many things beside academics too. The chart above is one used to help ensure that we meet our school-wide attendance goals. We talk a lot with students about the importance of good attendance because we know the more we have our students in school, the more they are learning. Good attendance and increased student achievement go hand in hand. We also graph out attendance statistics. A graph is updated monthly to let students know -- and see -- the grade-by-grade attendance data. Students are very interested to see if we meet our attendance goals each month. The fact we talk about attendance so much, and so publicly display it too, is a big motivator for kids.

The leadership team at DeQuincy Elementary School, DeQunicy, Louisiana

Send Us Your Favorite Tool


Looking to nail your next meeting with a good idea? Tighten up staff relations? Hammer out some great test scores? Construct a fun reward or event? Ratchet up your team building skills?

Just drill into our toolbox for all the tools you need -- like the one above submitted by a school leader just like you.

If you find the tools in our Principal's Toolbox to be of value, we hope you will be willing to contribute your favorite tool. Just email a clear photo of the "tool" along with a brief description and your name, school name, and location to [email protected]. If we add your tool to the Principal's Toolbox we will even send along a few Ed World sticky-note pads via snail mail.