Attendance Works Technical Assistance

Attendance Works can provide technical assistance and advice for communities seeking to track and address chronic absence and for advocates seeking systemic reform. Where possible, we will leverage our existing funding to offer these services for free. If the work is more involved, we can also provide assistance on a fee-for-service basis or work together to generate additional funds.

  • Read our brochure about what we’ve accomplished and how Attendance Works can help, both with free tools and fee-for-service consulting.
  • Toolkits:  We can provide toolkits to help groups assess current attendance policies, analyze chronic absence data and use this data as part of their planning for federal grants. Click here to view our Toolkit for City Leaders.
  • Free Data Tools:  Attendance Works offers the District Attendance Tracking Tool (DATT) and the School Attendance Tracking Tool (SATT), a self-calculating spreadsheet that allows school districts to upload student data to analyze chronic absence patterns. Please register here to receive the data tools.

State Campaigns

We can offer advice to organizations and champions interested in developing statewide campaigns about effective strategies for establishing a network of advocacy groups and the best approaches to effect policy change.

Communications Assistance

Attendance Works can provide state advocacy groups or school districts pushing for policy change with opinion pieces and letters to the editors. We can also help develop policy briefs that argue for reform.

Expert Testimony

Attendance Works can not lobby for legislation, but director Hedy N. Chang can testify before a full committee or governing board as an expert on the problem of chronic absence and talk about solutions that other communities have developed. She can give PowerPoint presentations to education conferences and civic groups.

Chronic Absence Analysis

Attendance Works can assess what data is available and how easy it would be to secure. We can provide districts with guidelines about how they can conduct their own analysis or connect them to researchers who could be contracted to conduct the analysis. We can offer assistance in preparing a PowerPoint and report about the results.

Professional Development

Attendance Works can train educators and community organizations on how to analyze chronic absence data and develop the right interventions tailored to a particular school or neighborhood.

State Policy Scan

Attendance Works can conduct or facilitate a scan of state policies to determine regulatory or legislative barriers to tracking chronic absence and what opportunities exist to remove these barriers. We can also identify best practices among school districts in the state.

For more information on fee-for-service consulting services, contact Cecelia Leong, Associate Director (