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.

Join Us! Attendance Awareness Month 2016

Unknown Planning for Attendance Awareness Month in September is underway. Our Count Us In! toolkit 4.0, now completely on-line, includes guidance on how to create your own contest or event, free webinars, tips for reaching out to the media and social media tools to spread the word.
Visit the Attendance Awareness Month website
Find resources in the Count Us In! Toolkit
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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

06.22
2016

Several “Firsts” Bring National Attention to Chronic Absence -  The second week in June was a watershed for chronic absenteeism with a flurry of activity on the national level that put the issue Continue Reading →

06.15
2016

Bright Spots: Braiding attendance & readiness strategies in Council Bluffs -  Bright Spots showcase the work in Grade-Level Reading communities to make progress on school readiness, school attendance and summer learning by 2016. Continue reading Continue Reading →

06.07
2016

Press Release: New OCR Brief Shows U.S. Schools Facing Crisis in Student Attendance -  Washington, D.C., June 7, 2016 – The release of the first-ever national compilation of data on how many public school students are missing so 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 […]