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 2017

Unknown We’re using the fifth-annual Attendance Awareness Month to encourage schools and communities to remember that engagement matters for attendance. Under this year’s theme, Engagement = Attendance, we are emphasizing the important role everyone can play in creating a welcoming and engaging school environment that motivates students and families to come to school every day.
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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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AAC awards honor community-wide attendance, early reading success -  Fifteen communities located across the country have been recognized for their efforts to boost attendance, improve grade-level reading proficiency and student success among low-income Continue Reading →


Celebrating the Catalytic Role of Philanthropy -  On June 13th and 14th, Attendance Works participated in the 2017 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Funder Huddle in Denver. The Huddle brought together over Continue Reading →


Teaching Attendance 2.0: everyday activities to reduce chronic absence -  Teachers know first-hand that too many absences can disrupt learning, not just for the absent student but for the entire classroom. While teachers play Continue Reading →


Teaching Attendance 2.0: Strategies to help educators infuse attendance into everyday activities

We know that helping students get to school every day enhances the ability of teachers to teach more effectively and improves student achievement. But teachers don’t have to solve the problem of chronic absence alone. Teaching Attendance 2.0 has new research-based messages, resources and strategies for helping educators reduce chronic absence by integrating attention to attendance into everyday activities.