Is your kid absent more than classmates? School ‘nudge’ letters tell parents just how much

Ten-year-old Brooke Bouton’s role as a hall monitor at Manitou Park Elementary is a job that gets her to school early each morning, resulting in an excellent attendance record.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
(Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Adapting tactics that have helped drive more people to the polls, or persuade homeowners to use less electricity, schools are now trying to boost student attendance with “nudge” letters that compare students’ attendance rates with averages for their school and district.

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