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 2014

Join us again this September for Attendance Awareness Month! Celebrated for the first time in September 2013, Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities not only to promote the value of good attendance but also to take concrete steps toward reducing chronic absence. More than 40 national organizations are working in partnership on the event.

See our updated Count Us In! Toolkit

Visit our new Attendance Awareness Month microsite to get started!

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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


5/28 Webinar: Enlisting Allies -  Have you considered enlisting additional allies in your community’s efforts to improve attendance? While most efforts begin naturally and logically with parents and school Continue Reading →


Chronic Absence and Native American Students: Unique Challenges -  Attendance Works Associate Director, Cecelia Leong, spoke with Danielle Grant, the Director of Indian Education for Minneapolis Public Schools about Dream Big Minneapolis, an Continue Reading →


Attendance Awareness Month Launch: New Toolkit, New Website -  Attendance Awareness Month doesn’t arrive until September, but we’re launching preparations today with the release of a revised Count Us In! toolkit and a new Continue Reading →


Teaching Attendance: Everyday Strategies to Help Teachers Improve Attendance and Raise Achievement

New Teacher Toolkit! To help you build a culture of attendance and maintain it throughout the school year, we at Attendance Works 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 […]