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

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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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New Report: Mapping the Early Attendance Gap -  A new report from Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign shows how disparities in school attendance rates starting as early as preschool and kindergarten are Continue Reading →


Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids -  Patrick Corvington, senior fellow for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, originally posted this blog item on The Huffington Post. Florence Nightingale once wrote: “The connection between Continue Reading →


Are you ready for Attendance Awareness Month? -  Attendance Awareness Month starts next week —Tuesday, Sept. 1. Are you ready? Attendance Works and our partners have heard from so many schools and communities 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 […]