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Increasing Student Attendance: Strategies from Research and Practice

Railsback, Jennifer. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, June 2004. This report looks at practices and outcomes of attendance programs across the country. Although promising practices exist across the country, there are no “silver bullet” approaches proven to keep children in school. Other research has investigated how school disengagement relates to decreased attendance. In addition to asking “How can we help students…
Published:   June 2004

Intervening through Influential Third Parties:Reducing Student Absences at Scale via Parents

Rogers, Todd and Avi Feller. Working Paper, 2017. This study analyzed whether information sent home to caregivers of K-12 students could impact chronic absence. Carefully worded messages on postcards reminded parents of the importance of absences and of their ability to influence them, added information about students’ total absences, or added the number of absences among target students’ classmates. The…
Published:   April 2017

Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities

Balfanz, Robert and Vaughn Byrnes. Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, November 2013. This report examines the impact of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s task force on truancy, chronic absenteeism and school engagement, a program that spanned 2010 to 2013 and reached more than 60,000 students in NYC public schools. The study found that students who…
Published:   November 2013

Present and Accounted For: Improving Student Attendance Through Family and Community Involvement

Epstein, Joyce L. and Steven B. Sheldon. Journal of Educational Research, vol 95, pp. 308-318, May/June 2002. This study suggests that schools may be able to increase student attendance in elementary school by implementing specific family and community involvement activities. The study discusses the results of an analysis of longitudinal data collected on schools’ rates of daily student attendance and…
Published:   June 2002

Preventable Failure: Improvements in Long-Term Outcomes when High Schools Focused on the Ninth Grade Year

Roderick, Melissa. University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, April 2014. Research from UChicago CCSR shows that students who end their ninth-grade year on track are almost four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who are off track. In response, Chicago Public Schools launched a major effort in 2007 centered on keeping more ninth-graders on…
Published:   April 2014

Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Path in Urban Middle-Grades Schools: Early Identification and Effective Interventions,

Balfanz, Robert, Lisa Herzog and Douglas J. Mac Iver. Educational Psychologist, 42(4), 223–235 Copyright 2007, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. In this study of the freshman year of high school, researchers found that attendance in this pivotal transition year was a key indicator of whether students would finish high school. The study also found attendance and studying more predictive of dropout…
Published:   November 2007
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