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.

District Data Action Map

map Is your school district calculating chronic absence? If so, tell us about it and put a pin on our map! Our goal is to find out which districts across the country are tracking individual student absences–excused and unexcused–and how they are defining chronic absence.

Check out our report Absences Add Up

See our new toolkit The Power of Positive Connections

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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

11.20
2014

Which States Stepped Up? -  Our 2014 Attendance Action Map showed that 325 schools and community organizations participated in Attendance Awareness Month this September. But how did those numbers Continue Reading →

11.18
2014

New York Study Shows Nexis Between Chronic Absence and Poverty -  All high-poverty schools are not alike. Some manage to succeed despite a high number of students who qualify for free and reduced meals, while Continue Reading →

11.17
2014

Holiday Messaging -  The winter holidays represent a challenge–and an opportunity–for educating parents about the importance of good attendance. As you know, absences often spike in the 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 […]