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.

Attendance Awareness Month 2014

September is Attendance Awareness Month, a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. We hope schools and communities are promoting the value of good attendance and taking concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. More than 40 national organizations are working in partnership on the event.

See our updated Count Us In! Toolkit

See our new research report, Absences Add Up

Visit our new Attendance Awareness Month

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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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California leaders, new report call for better tracking of chronic absence -  California state leaders—including lawmakers and education, human services, law enforcement and judicial chiefs–gathered in Sacramento last Thursday to recognize Attendance Awareness Month and launch Continue Reading →


State Schools Chiefs Commit to Reducing Chronic Absence -  Recognizing the corrosive effect that absenteeism has on student achievement, five chief state school officers have committed to promoting solutions that can improve attendance Continue Reading →


Can Robotics Improve Attendance? -  We know that quality summer programs help students return to school with stronger skills for the new year. But can these programs spur better 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 […]