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 Action Map

Unknown Attendance Awareness Month is here! View our map to see how hundreds of communities across America are celebrating. If you are hosting an event, let us know by filling out this form.

Check out our report Absences Add Up

Check out our report Mapping the Early Attendance Gap

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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.

Attendance Works

Latest News


Get Schooled Rolls Out Nationwide Contest, Wake-Up Calls -    Middle and high schools across the country are competing to see who can best increase attendance and student engagement between now and December. Continue Reading →


Attendance Awareness Month: By the Numbers -  We’ve just finished our third year co-sponsoring Attendance Awareness Month and are overwhelmed by the engagement and commitment we’ve seen across the country. Local Continue Reading →


Connecting School Attendance and Health Care Access -  We had a great conversation recently with the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. The center focuses on getting children 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 […]