About Attendance Works

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. We promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.

Chronic Absence V. Truancy

Unknown As the concept of chronic absenteeism gains traction across the country, some people are under the mistaken impression that it’s just a politically correct way of saying truancy. However, the two terms describe different aspects of our absenteeism problem and require different approaches to bringing students back to school every day.

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Join Our Call To Action Superintendents and school leaders play a pivotal role in monitoring and improving school attendance. Leaders across the country are joining our Call to Action on attendance, jointly sponsored by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Learn more about how you can sign up and reduce the number of students in your schools and district who are chronically absent—missing nearly a month or more of school every year.

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Revised Medicaid Policy Can Increase Access to Health Services At School -  Alex Mays, Senior Policy Analyst, Healthy Schools Campaign We know that student health issues are a leading cause of chronic absenteeism. So making sure Continue Reading →


Brainstorming With Public Works About Winter Weather Challenges -  The school district in New Britain, Conn., has reached out to the city’s Department of Public Works to find solutions around transportation challenges for Continue Reading →


ESSA Guidance Should Focus On Effective Use of Chronic Absence Data -  The US Department of Education invited comments on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015. After reaching Continue Reading →


Teaching Attendance: Everyday Strategies to Help Teachers Improve Attendance and Raise Achievement

Teaching Attendance Toolkit To help you build a culture of attendance and maintain it throughout the school year, we have created this teacher toolkit, Teaching Attendance: Everyday Strategies to Help Teachers Improve Attendance and Raise Achievement.  We encourage you to draw from the resources we have developed to help drive up attendance in your classroom and […]