What is the purpose of NASAPP?  

Launched in May 2013, the Network to Advance State Attendance Policy and Practice (NASAPP) is a forum for colleagues interested in advancing state level policy and practice. It offers participants the opportunity to:

  1. Exchange ideas and learn from each other;
  2. Nurture the evolution of a more common framework and theory of action for advancing state attendance policy; and
  3. Provide feedback to Attendance Works or other partners on forthcoming policy briefs and state resources.

NASAPP particularly focuses on building awareness and action to address chronic absence. Research shows that missing 10% or more of school is associated with lower levels of reading proficiency by the end of third grade as well as higher levels of dropping out from high school. Nationwide, 5 million to 7.5 million students (at least one out of 10) miss that much school every year, a crisis in absenteeism that is exacerbating achievement gaps and dropout rates.

The good news is that chronic absence can be turned around when schools, districts, community agencies and families work together to monitor the data, identify and remove  barriers for getting students to class, and nurture a habit of regular attendance. NASAPP recognizes the critical importance of state level action and policy in ensuring best practices can be taken to scale.   See The Attendance Imperative state policy report for more information about what constitutes effective state action to reduce chronic absence.

How does NASAPP operate?

NASAPP welcomes the participation of organizations and individuals committed to advancing better attendance policy and practice. Participants reflect a variety of institutional backgrounds including policy advocacy organizations, such as Kids Count grantees, state departments and boards of education, early childhood education, research institutions, philanthropy, and the juvenile justice system, to name a few.  We encourage the participations of multiple individuals from the same state so they can forge relationships and common understandings that will help them work together to advance action.

NASAPP currently meets via conference call 5-6 times over the course of the year.  An agenda and PowerPoint are sent out prior to the calls. Participants are welcome to offer comments via email if they are unable to participate.  Calls typically involve a combination of peer sharing and discussion of a proposed policy brief or idea. NASAPP members also have on-line access to PowerPoints and notes from all prior calls.

How can I join NASAPP?

If you are interested in joining NASAPP, please contact Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works at hedy@attendanceworks.org or Sue Fothergill, Senior Policy Fellow at sue@attendanceworks.org.

Click here for a one page description on NASAPP.