Research

Below is a list of key research related to attendance for Elementary School

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A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades

Romero, Mariajose and Young-Sun Lee. National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University. October 2007. This brief reveals a significant level of absenteeism in the early school years, especially among low-income children, and confirms its detrimental effects on school success by examining children from across various incomes and race/ethnicity groups in a nationally representative sample of children entering kindergarten. Early…
Published:   October 2007

Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness and Third Grade Outcomes

Applied Survey Research, May 2011. A study commissioned by Attendance Works suggests that attendance in the early grades is critical to sustaining the school readiness skills that preschool or Head Start programs can help children to develop. This study conducted by Applied Survey Research examined the progress of 640 young California children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties where…
Published:   July 2011

Attendance in the Early Grades: Why it Matters for Reading

Attendance Works and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, February 2014. This brief summarizes a growing body of research which documents how many youngsters are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of the school year due to excused or unexcused absences. The research also shows how these missed days, as early as preschool, translate into weaker reading skills…
Published:   February 2014

Attendance Matters: White Paper on Chronic Absenteeism in San Antonio Schools

P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County. This study revealed both the scope of chronic absence and the impact of interventions involving more than 5,000 students, finding that 12.8 percent of the students were chronically absent. Nearly a quarter of 12th graders missed that much school, with girls missing more school than boys in their final year. As much as 24…
Published:   August 2015

Chronic Absence in the Sacramento Unified School District

University of California, Davis, Center for Regional Change, 2012. The UC Davis Center for Regional change conducted an assessment of chronic absence in the Sacramento Unified School District, describing prevalence, costs, characteristics of chronically absent students, barriers to attendance, and building partnerships that eliminate barriers to attendance.
Published:   July 2012

Chronic Absence in Utah Public Schools

Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. In 2012, the researchers released a brief to highlight their important findings on chronic absence and its effects in Utah. The study of five years of attendance data emphasizes the need for early identification of students who are chronically absent, and identified chronic absenteeism as a key predictor of dropouts as…
Published:   July 2012
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