For more information see our Policy page.

As a policymaker, you play a critical role in building a systemic approach to improving attendance and intervening when chronic absence is a problem. You can:

  • Ensure the state has a longitudinal student data base—ideally beginning in preschool—that tracks attendance for each student using a unique identifier.
  • Make chronic absence a policy priority and direct district and schools to identify contributing factors and include in school improvement plans.
  • Advance legislation that sets a common definition for chronic absence and direct that it be tracked.
  • Support sharing data with health and social services agencies to target intervention efforts.
  • Seek grants for attendance tracking and chronic absence reduction.
  • Use the Attendance Works PowerPoint presentations to build public awareness and consensus.