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State education policy is especially important because districts and schools rely upon states to specify how key concepts are defined and generally carried out. For attendance, states determine the age of compulsory education, how chronic absence and truancy is defined and addressed, how a day of attendance is defined, and whether attendance (in the form of average daily attendance or membership count) is used to allocate funding. State guidance, support and policy can promote action at scale across school districts. Affecting state policy is very doable, especially if key stakeholders can work in partnership with State Education Agencies to develop state guidance, policies and training.
The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. States submitted ESSA implementation plans to U.S. Department of Education. More than 70 percent of states chose some form of chronic absence as an indicator.
Our blog series, written in 2017-2018, highlights attendance-related issues that emerged as states worked through the complexities of implementing ESSA.
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