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.

District Data Action Map

map Is your school district calculating chronic absence? If so, tell us about it and put a pin on our map! Our goal is to find out which districts across the country are tracking individual student absences–excused and unexcused–and how they are defining chronic absence.

Check out our report Absences Add Up

See our new toolkit The Power of Positive Connections

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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


Winter Weather Messaging -    Every winter, snow and slushy weather keep parents from getting their children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often Continue Reading →


Family Vacation vs. School Time: Is it ever ok to miss school? -  The New York Time’s Motherlode blog kicked off a lively debate (159 comments so far) with a blog post titled Skipping School for Vacation: Continue Reading →


Leadership, Commitment Secure Better Attendance in Covina-Valley -  Improving attendance across a school district takes leadership and commitment. Covina-Valley Unified School District has demonstrated that leadership by engaging school and district staff, 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 […]