DiscoveredLOGIC, LLC
 MANAGEMENT CONSULTING and TRAINING

Management Consulting & Training

Consulting Example: 
Reducing High School Truancy

  • Our client was the school district for a large city in the United States that had been facing a steady rise in truancy among high school students.

  • The traditional thinking was that truancy was mainly driven by factors outside of school and thus there was little the schools could do.

  • We identified the root causes of dropping out (the ultimate form of truancy), and it turned out several of the key reasons were actually controllable by the school.

  • We also analyzed attendance records of thousands of students over several months. That analysis yielded an interesting insight that 40% of the worst truants at the end of the semester were actually not truants at the beginning of the semester.  This suggested that the schools had had a least a chance to have an impact on those students before they became truants.

  • We did a comparison of truancy rates among high schools, controlling for socio-economic status of the students, to find a good comparison set of best performing and worst performing schools in terms of truancy.

  • We did on-site field research at both the best performing and worst performing schools to identify differences in management practices related to truancy.  

  • We found several specific differences in management practices, tools and techniques and documented them so that other schools could employ those same factors.