Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 12.12.26 PMReducing chronic absence fits nicely into the three-tiered reform systems used in many school districts and states.Tier I represents universal strategies to encourage good attendance for all students. Tier II provides early intervention for students who need more support to avoid chronic absence. Tier III offers intensive support for students facing the  greatest challenges to getting to school.

Attendance Works has created a handout showing examples of interventions that schools and districts should try at each tier. A worksheet allows educators to assess what steps they are taking now and what more than can do to reduce chronic absence.

For more information on positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), visit the website for the PBIS Technical Assistance Center, established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).