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Proviso East High School Sets High Expectations for “Time in Class and Time on Task”

Proviso East High School has used its busing program, increased communication with parents, and a new high technology attendance tracking system to help boost student attendance and push for the Superintendent’s model of “more time in class, and more time on task.”

Proviso East administrators have implemented a Plasco Attendance Tracking System, which allows building administrators and security personnel to immediately assess a student’s tardy and truancy rate in order to immediately implement remedial action.

“This system has helped us to better identify which students are late or absent often, why they are late and absent often, and what we can do to help rectify their situations,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “It readily identifies students who are having problems so that administration can provide solutions. This way, students stay on track, they can get in class, and are better able to receive the quality education being offered here.”

Proviso East purchased the tracking system using their School Improvement Grant, which was awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education last fall. The new system has helped encourage clearer hallways and fuller classrooms.

“We’ve set higher expectations this year,” said PTHS 209 Security Veteran Edward Howard. “We let students know that they must be in class when they are supposed to be, and we let them know the consequences if they aren’t. It’s working. I’ve been here 23 years and the halls haven’t been this clear in 15. It’s a team effort. We work as a team from the administration to security to the teachers. And I think the students got the message.”

The Plasco Trac system works by scanning a student ID or by entering the student’s ID number. Once the ID is scanned or number entered, the student’s attendance record is uploaded immediately, and a student will receive a ticket / pass which will inform the student of the infraction as well as the consequence and date to which the consequence must be cleared.

“This system has had an amazing effect on our attendance rates, and our staff is much more efficient,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our students need to be in classrooms learning and actively engaged. Students who have a problem getting there need to be identified and helped immediately. This device helps accomplish that, and we look forward to implementing this system throughout the district.”

Patch agrees Plasco has increased efficiency by 100%. He expects the impact to have a ripple effect on teacher effectiveness and student learning.

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