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

Unknown 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


Bright Spot: Tending to school attendance in Las Vegas -  The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently featured a Las Vegas pilot program to reduce chronic absence as a Bright Spot in efforts to increase Continue Reading →


Chronic Absenteeism: 2 States, 2 Approaches -  The Heathy Schools Campaign shared this blog post about state policy approaches to combating chronic absenteeism. Educators and parents alike agree: Keeping kids in school matters. Continue Reading →


Attendance, Health to be Featured in 2016 All-America City Awards -  The National Civic League is seeking applications for its 2016 All-America City Awards from communities that are using community-wide health and education strategies that enable all 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 […]