Advocacy at the federal, state and local level is required to advance equitable access to a high quality public education. Attendance data can equip policy advocates with information that can help measure whether conditions for learning are in place for all students, and resources are distributed equitably. Advocates can motivate key stakeholders to work together to promote a culture of regular school attendance and intervene when chronic absence is a problem. While chronic absence has become a commonly accepted early warning indicator, there are a number of key policies that must be adopted at the local, state and federal level to ensure its utility.
Advocating for better public policy can take a variety of forms, including building awareness of the importance of chronic absence, influencing policy implementation, seeking regulatory change and advancing legislation.
Please visit our policy recommendations adapted for the coronavirus pandemic to advance making student absenteeism a priority indicator, especially in this moment of crisis.