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Clermont Northeastern Partners with Harvard to Increase School Attendance

Clermont Northeastern and NCRERN |

CNE is one of 47 “rural” districts, mainly from Ohio and New York, to participate in the National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. 

NCRERN intervention at CNE will include students who missed more than seven-and-a-half days of school before remote learning began. The goal is to determine which strategies work to improve student attendance, which is more than calling rolls in the morning. 


The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks, hosted by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University, establishes and supports a collaborative network of rural school districts in New York and Ohio to apply the Proving Ground continuous improvement model to pressing challenges in rural education. NCRERN focuses its work on topics selected in conjunction with our partner states: chronic absenteeism, college readiness, and college enrollment.

Its partners include:

  • Ohio Department of Education
    • Heather Boughton, Director of Research Evaluation & Advanced Analytics, Ohio Department of Education
  • Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
    • Mike Fuller, Director, The Center for Innovation and Data Services at Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center
  • New York Department of Education
    • Anita Murphy, District Superintendent, Capital Region BOCES
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • The College Board
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College

NCRERN utilizes Proving Ground’s continuous improvement process to help partners better understand their challenges by using evidence to rapidly identify and implement solutions that work for students, families, and schools.

Learn more about Proving Ground.


Meri Johnson, a curriculum consultant with Curriculum Engineers, as well as CNE Superintendent Michael Brandt and district psychologists Kate Schaefer and Amy Ellis, are part of the CNE team heading up the effort. The project ties in well with the comprehensive literacy grants the district received from the state earlier this year, Dorsey said.

The NCRERN grant goes through January 2024. Pilot programs will be run the fall semester of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023, and the initiative allows flexibility. If officials decide a certain strategy is not having the required results, they will know quickly and can move to the next intervention.

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