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.

Can States Use Absenteeism as ESSA Metric?

Unknown States are making plans for at least one indicator to measure school quality or student success under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our two-page brief clearly shows how the chronic absence rate, either alone or as a part of an index, is among the best measures that states could choose to fulfill this requirement.
Download the brief here.
Find out more about ESSA here.

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SUPERINTENDENTS CALL TO ACTION

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT

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

11.07
2016

Let Teens Sleep in the Morning to Improve Attendance -  It’s a true story in many families: the elementary child who happily agrees to turn out the lights at 8:00 pm gets to bed Continue Reading →

10.28
2016

CA’s AG Finds 7.3% of Elementary Students Chronically Absence -  California Attorney General Kamala Harris has released a new report showing that 7.3 percent of elementary students in California missed 10 percent of the Continue Reading →

10.24
2016

New Head Start Standards Require Attention to Chronic Absence -  High quality preschool programs prepare children to enter kindergarten with school readiness skills, and are an ideal time to instill strong attendance habits in Continue Reading →

Toolkit

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 […]