City Schools Partner with Harvard University

October 5, 2018

South Side News shares Proving Ground's work with Syracuse City School District to pilot attendance interventions.


Over the past year, SCSD collaborated with an initiative at Harvard University called Proving Ground to develop a set of research-based interventions to address chronic absenteeism in Syracuse. Proving Ground, a program of Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research that was founded 2½ years ago, said Bi Vuong, the director of Proving Ground.


“The idea behind Proving Ground is to work collaboratively with districts across the country to help them generate new evidence to support their everyday decision-making process to remove barriers to student achievement,” Vuong said. “We work with districts to identify and test solutions to challenges that are barriers to student achievement.”


Proving Ground worked with central administration and school staff to conduct a “root cause analysis,” Vuong said. The research included analyzing district data to determine potential challenges to attendance and areas for improvement, Vuong said.


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