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.

Chronic Absence V. Truancy

Unknown As the concept of chronic absenteeism gains traction across the country, some people are under the mistaken impression that it’s just a politically correct way of saying truancy. However, the two terms describe different aspects of our absenteeism problem and require different approaches to bringing students back to school every day.

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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

04.27
2016

Iowa Report Details Chronic Absence in the Early Grades -  An analysis of absenteeism in Iowa of early-elementary students from the 2010-11 school year through third grade in 2013-14 shows that nearly 40 percent Continue Reading →

04.26
2016

Helping Newly Insured California Families Get Care -  By Kristelle Jose, The Children’s Partnership When students suffer from untreated health problems, they are more likely to perform poorly in class and often Continue Reading →

04.19
2016

First National Conference on Chronic Absenteeism is Taking Shape -  The first Every Student, Every Day National Conference on chronic absenteeism will take place in Washington, D.C. this June. The two-day meeting is designed 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 […]