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.

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.

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.

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.