Below is a list of research related to attendance

The reports on this page are listed alphabetically and examine the issue of chronic absence nationwide and in selected communities. Use the search box to find research using the author name. See the early education, elementary, secondary and other research categories on the right. To submit new research, please contact us.

Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Connolly, Faith and Linda S. Olson. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore, Md., March 2012. This brief looks at attendance in the early grades with particular focus on Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) and Kindergarten (K) and follows these young students over time. The study finds that students with low attendance in both PreK and K often continue to have low attendance, are more…
Published:   March 2012

Effect of Full-Time versus Part-Time School Nurses on Attendance of Elementary Students with Asthma

The Journal of School Nursing, 2004. Asthma, the most common chronic disease in children today, is the leading cause of absenteeism among students. It accounts for nearly 20 million lost school days annually. This study examined whether full-time (5 days per week) or part-time (2 days per week) school nurses would have a differential effect on the frequency of absences…
Published:   December 2004

Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function

Hillman, Charles H. Pediatrics, September 29, 2014. This study found significant differences between students in the afterschool program and those on the wait list. Students in the intervention group improved two-fold when tested on accuracy and cognitive tasks compared to the students who did not participate in the afterschool program. Researchers found widespread changes in brain function, meaning greater amounts…
Published:   September 2014

Elementary School Nurse Interventions: Attendance and Health Outcomes

Weismuller, Penny C., et al. Elementary School Nurse Interventions: Attendance and Health Outcomes, The Journal of School Nursing, April 2007; vol. 23, 2: pp. 111-118. Regular school attendance is a necessary part of the learning process; student absenteeism has a direct association with poor academic performance. School nurses can influence student attendance. This study describes the impact of school nurse…
Published:   April 2007

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

Empty Seats: The Epidemic of Absenteeism Among Homeless Elementary Students

School absences are pervasive across New York City. Almost 1 in 5 New York City public school elementary students (19%) were chronically absent in SY 2013–14, missing 20 days or more of school. Worse, homeless elementary students were chronically absent at roughly twice the rate of elementary students overall.
Published:   November 2015

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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