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The Truancy Court Diversion Program (TCDP)

Initiative Description: For each student enrolled in the TCDP, a case plan is generated that outlines the responsibilities for both students and parents, as well as for the school.
The director of the TCDP program and the family court judge typically meet with the group of students biweekly for the duration of the semester-long treatment period.
Academic performance records and attendance records of the 74 students who had participated in TCDP since its inception and a comparison sample of students were utilized in this evaluation

Study Results: TCDP significantly impacted unexcused absences, unexcused tardies, and academic performance of the elementary and junior high students participating in the program. Elementary participants were more likely to maintain their improved attendance following participation than were junior high participants.

Reference: Shoenfelt, E. b., & Huddleston, M. m. (2006). THE TRUANCY COURT DIVERSION PROGRAM OF THE FAMILY COURT, WARREN CIRCUIT COURT DIVISION III, BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY: AN EVALUATION OF IMPACT ON ATTENDANCE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. Family Court Review, 44(4), 683-695. doi:10.1111/j.1744-1617.2006.00119.x

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good