A Letter from Director Hedy Chang

When Attendance Works was launched in 2010, few policymakers or educators were aware that chronic absence is a significant challenge eroding efforts to improve academic performance and reduce the achievement gap.

With your help and hard work, we have changed the conversation on school attendance. Chronic absence is now part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and Head Start Performance Standards, and has been adopted as a metric for school improvement in a growing number of states. Educators and a range of community partners from states large and small are using our resources to achieve measurable reductions. Among highlights from 2016 are:

  • The U.S. Department of Education released the 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection showing that more than 6.8 million students missed 15 or more days of school (nearly a month) during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • More than 350,000 people viewed our website and downloaded our free tools, handouts and promotional materials for combating chronic absence.
  • 63 national organizations have joined us as partners in Attendance Awareness Month, helping us spread awareness of chronic absence and its pernicious effect on achievement.
  • Over 500 local superintendents participated in our Call to Action.

A key ingredient of this success is offering resources available for free on our website so practitioners, schools, districts and community partners can easily take action and tailor existing materials to address their own realities. Please consider contributing to Attendance Works so we can continue to offer free resources and update our materials to respond to the opportunities and challenges of a rapidly changing political environment.

Your gift is tax deductible and will help schools and communities across the country monitor and address the effects of chronic absence so all children have a chance to learn and succeed. All donations flow through the Child and Policy Family Center (Tax ID # 42-1378567), which is our fiscal sponsor and responsible for our accounting. I hope that you will stand with us and support our efforts as we work to reduce chronic absence and achieve better outcomes for all students.

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Child and Family Policy Center
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Mike Crawford
c/o Child and Family Policy Center
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505 5th Ave #404
Des Moines, IA 50309

Questions? Please contact info@attendanceworks.org