Arkansas Highlights
  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading released Reducing Chronic Absenteeism for Children in Foster Care and FINS (Families in Need of Services) court system. Researchers found that little data is collected and shared between state agencies, schools, social workers and courts making it difficult to know the extent of the problem. The report explores the issue, discusses school and districts bright spots, and offers recommendations to help the state reduce chronic absence for these students.

  • Each year, more than one in ten students in Arkansas miss 10 percent or more of school days. This is true for 16 percent of kindergarten students and 13 percent of first graders.

  • The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading launched the Make Every Day Count initiative to help schools, districts and communities track chronic absence and develop and implement plans for keeping children in the classroom. The Campaign focuses on helping to raise awareness about the importance of attendance in the early grades and how absences can add up, helping schools gain access to chronic absence data, and identifies evidence based attendance practices to share with the schools.

Data & State Policy at a Glance

Definition of chronic absence:


Definition of truancy:


Accountability for addressing chronic absence:


Attendance included in state longitudinal student data base:


Chronic absence calculated on a regular basis:


Chronic absence data publicly available:


What Works
Tools and Resources

The Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading has developed free resources for schools including fliers, attendance plans and banners.