Research

Below is a list of key research related to attendance for Middle & High School

For the full list of research and reports, please visit the All Research page.

Family League 2011-12 Out of School Time Programs in Baltimore City

Olson, Linda S., Faith Connolly and Alok H. Kommajesula. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore, MD, October 2013. This report examines the relationship between out-of-school time programs and school absence. Through the Family League’s education initiative, thousands of children in Baltimore have access to quality after school and summer learning opportunities. Among students who regularly attended OST programs, they had higher…
Published:   October 2013

Free to Fail or On-Track to College: Why Grades Drop When Students Enter High School and What Adults Can Do About It

Rosenkranz, Todd. University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, April 2014. High school teachers often assume freshmen are ready to take on the responsibility for managing their own academic behavior. However, students often interpret their new freedom to mean that attending classes and working hard are choices rather than responsibilities, and as a result their attendance and study habits…
Published:   April 2014

From Absent to Present: Reducing Teen Chronic Absenteeism in New York City

Youth Justice Board, Center for Court Innovation, June 2013. Why do 40 percent of New York City high school students miss a month of school each year? The Center for Court Innovation went directly to the source and asked 17 high school students serving on its Youth Justice Board to research the issue. After a year of research that included…
Published:   June 2013

Getting Teenagers Back to School: Rethinking New York State’s Response to Chronic Absence

Gunderson, Jessica. The Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY, October 2010. This policy brief looks at one response to the statewide problem of chronic school absence in New York State: reporting parents to the child protective system, which handles allegations of child abuse and neglect. It determines that the system is ill equipped to deal with school attendance and…
Published:   October 2010

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-2009 Dropouts in Baltimore City Schools

Mac Iver, Martha A. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, August 2010. The majority of students who eventually drop out of high school enter 9th grade with a pattern of chronic absenteeism that goes back at least several years, the study shows. Many have been retained and are behind at least one grade. It is critical to begin interventions in middle school.…
Published:   August 2010

High School Absenteeism and College Persistence

Rhode Island Data HUB. This study followed the high school graduating class of 2009 from their freshman year of high school through college. Researchers found that 20% of the students who graduated were chronically absent, and about 34% of the chronically absent graduates went on to college or a post-secondary setting. Only 11% of the chronically absent students went on…
Published:   July 2015

The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

Balfanz, Robert and Vaughn Byrnes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools. May 2012. Researchers evaluated chronic absence data from six states—Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island—to assess trends and predict the size of the nation’s attendance challenge. A national rate of 10 percent chronic absenteeism seems conservative and it could be as high as…
Published:   May 2012
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