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With as many as 7.5 million U.S. students missing nearly a month of school each year, state education leaders have begun mining attendance data to find out how many students and schools are at risk academically and how to turn around absenteeism.

The Attendance Imperative: How States Can Advance Achievement by Reducing Chronic Absence, released in September 2013 and updated in September 2014, describes the steps that states can take to reduce chronic absence including:  building public awareness, tracking and publicly reporting chronic absence rates for schools and districts, using attendance as a metric in school improvement efforts, sharing best practices with educators and parents, and enabling interagency efforts among schools, public agencies and community groups.


  • Click here to read the Executive Summary.
  • Click here to read the full policy brief.
  • Click here to read the State Appendix that highlights what states are doing to combat chronic absence.