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

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Chronic Absenteeism in the Classroom Context: Effects on Achievement

Gottfried, Michael A. (Urban Education, in press). This article examines the spillover effects of one student’s chronic absenteeism on the academic achievement of the students in the same classroom. The researchers utilized a dataset of elementary schoolchildren from a large-scale urban district where the rates of chronic absenteeism were expected to be higher compared to the national average. They looked…
Published:   January 2013

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions: A Descriptive Analysis of Patterns and Correlates

University of Virginia, Luke Miller, and Amanda Johnson. The report finds that one of every 10 students in Virginia was chronically absent in the 2014-15 school year, with higher rates in Norfolk (1 out of every 7 students), in Richmond and Petersburg (1 out of every 5 students). The analysis shows that chronic absenteeism rates are particularly high among high-schoolers,…
Published:   September 2016

Chronic Absenteeism Report

Chief Education Office of Oregon. This report combines analyses of chronic absence data with data drawn from 44 focus group interviews with parents and students to present a comprehensive examination of attendance barriers in the state. The report shows that 20% of all students were chronically absent in 2013-14. Both Native American students and students with disabilities were identified as…
Published:   May 2016

Counting the Future

Mississippi KIDS Count. This report is based on the 2015 report by Mississippi KIDS COUNT that analyzed state and district-level data. Counting the Future expands on the 2015 results by using student-level data to investigate the effects of chronic absence on student outcomes. The analysis finds that chronic absence rates start high in kindergarten, decrease through elementary school years, and…
Published:   February 2016

Court-Assisted Truancy Programs: A 2013 Survey of Indiana School Superintendents

Lochmiller, Chad R. Prepared for the Indiana Department of Education by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University, October 2013. School superintendents were surveyed to determine whether the state’s school corporations had established court-assisted truancy programs and, if they had, what support these programs provide. CEEP found court-assisted truancy programs operating in only a few school…
Published:   October 2013

Empty Seats: Mississippi School Attendance Officers’ Perspectives on Chronic Absence

Mississippi KIDS Count. Mississippi KIDS COUNT partnered with the Mississippi Department of Education to track chronic absenteeism across the state.Screen During the 2014/15 school year, the statewide chronic absence rate dropped to 13 percent, down from 15 percent during the 2013/14 school year. A web-based survey of school attendance officers in the state collected critical information about why children miss…
Published:   April 2017

Evaluating the Relationship Between Student Attendance and Achievement in Urban Elementary and Middle Schools: An Instrumental Variables Approach

Gottfried, Michael A. American Educational Research Journal, June 2010, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 434-465. This study evaluates the connection between student attendance and positive learning outcomes. The researcher uses a comprehensive data set of elementary and middle schools in the Philadelphia school district to explore the causal impact of attendance on multiple measures of achievement, including grade-point average and…
Published:   June 2010
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