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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Latest News


Chronic Absence: By the Numbers -  Attendance Awareness Month has always been about more than just the messaging. We hope that schools and communities will build off the momentum in Continue Reading →


9/30 Webinar: The PEOPLE Strategy -  We know that students who miss too much school suffer academically at every age and every grade. And throughout September, hundreds of communities across Continue Reading →


Join Us in Urging the Department of Education to Track Chronic Absence -  The Department of Education has proposed revising the final requirements for the School Improvement Grant program, under a proposal released in the Federal Register. 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 […]