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Local Policy

Given the local influence on education in the United States, local policy is key to shaping what happens on the ground in school and communities. Regardless of state or federal requirements, school districts have the authority to see that chronic absence data are tracked, reported and addressed. Learn more and find resources.

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State Education Policy

State education policy is especially important because districts and schools rely on states to specify how key concepts are defined and generally carried out. States determine how chronic absence and truancy is defined and addressed, how a day of attendance is defined, and whether attendance is used to allocate funding. Learn more and find resources.

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Federal Policy

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states more power to set their own accountability standards within the parameters in the law. One new requirement is that states report chronic absence data, and the law allows federal spending on training to reduce absenteeism. Learn more and find resources.