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 Action Map

Unknown Are you planning for Attendance Awareness Month 2015? If so, tell us about it and put a pin on our map! Let us know if your school or community is monitoring chronic absence. We can’t wait to see what you’re doing!

Check out our report Absences Add Up

See our new toolkit The Power of Positive Connections

What Can I Do?

View Others



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


Bright Spot: Perfectly Punctual in Marshalltown -  Bright Spots are written and produced by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading to showcase the work in communities to make progress on school readiness, Continue Reading →


MENTOR releases attendance toolkit -  Recognizing the effect that mentors have on improving school attendance and academic success, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has released a promotional toolkit with mentoring-specific social Continue Reading →


Spanish-language Video for Parents -  Attendance Works is now offering a Spanish-language version of its popular Bringing Attendance Home video for parents. The 6-minute video, originally released last August, 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 […]