For a general outline of strategies on a school district level, see What Can I Do.
Assessing Chronic Absence in Your School District
Self-Assessment: The first step to your students’ success is determining how well your district and community addresses chronic absence now. Consider using our self-assessment tool.
- Self-assessment tool: Does Our District Have a Systemic Approach to Reducing Chronic Absence?
- Action planning tool: Does Our District and Community Have a Systemic Plan to Reducing Chronic Absence?
- Self assessment charts: Large-print versions for meetings
Detailed Analysis: To address the issue of chronic absence most effectively, it is important to compile and analyze data on attendance for your district. Analyzing by grade, school, and sub-population will allow you to target your response to the groups that need it most. Below are templates to help guide your analysis.
- Chronic absence analysis guide
- Worksheet: School-wide analysis
- Worksheet: District-wide analysis by grade
- Worksheet: District-wide analysis by sub-population
- Worksheet: School-to-school comparison
- Read more about our free data tools for calculating chronic absence
- Is your district already calculating chronic absence? If so, add a pin to the District Data Action map. Our goal is to find out which districts across the country are tracking individual student absences — excused and unexcused — and how they are defining chronic absence.
Positive Outliers Toolkit
Do you have a school in your district that is beating the odds, recording higher attendance rates than schools with similar student populations? If so, do you know why? Chronic absence data not only can reveal the scope of attendance problems but also pinpoint the schools with the practices and leadership that are making a difference. This toolkit will help you look beyond the numbers and find out how these positive outliers are bringing more kids to school every day.
Toolkit from Solano County, CA
The Solano County (Calif.) Board of Education used Attendance Works templates to create this toolkit for local schools. Contact us at email@example.com if you’d like to adopt our templates for your district.
Creating Strategies for Improving School Attendance
Policy: Good state and local policies can help track data and provide district-wide, systemic solutions to a chronic absence problem. See our main policy page for more information, and see below for some examples of effective policies.