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 strategies to reduce chronic absence and improve attendance in school improvement plans.

  • Advance legislation that sets a common definition for chronic absence, promotes monitoring and publicly reporting of data and requires schools and districts to address high levels of chronic absence.

  • Support sharing data with health, social services agencies, city and county government and other community based youth and family organizations to target intervention efforts.

  • Seek grants for attendance tracking and chronic absence reduction.

  • Build public awareness and consensus about addressing chronic absence. 

Learn more about what you can do