Research

Below is a list of key research related to attendance for Elementary School

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Chronic Absenteeism in the Classroom Context: Effects on Achievement

Gottfried, Michael A. (Urban Education, in press). This article examines the spillover effects of one student’s chronic absenteeism on the academic achievement of the students in the same classroom. The researchers utilized a dataset of elementary schoolchildren from a large-scale urban district where the rates of chronic absenteeism were expected to be higher compared to the national average. They looked…
Published:   January 2013

Court-Assisted Truancy Programs: A 2013 Survey of Indiana School Superintendents

Lochmiller, Chad R. Prepared for the Indiana Department of Education by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University, October 2013. School superintendents were surveyed to determine whether the state’s school corporations had established court-assisted truancy programs and, if they had, what support these programs provide. CEEP found court-assisted truancy programs operating in only a few school…
Published:   October 2013

Evaluating the Relationship Between Student Attendance and Achievement in Urban Elementary and Middle Schools: An Instrumental Variables Approach

Gottfried, Michael A. American Educational Research Journal, June 2010, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 434-465. This study evaluates the connection between student attendance and positive learning outcomes. The researcher uses a comprehensive data set of elementary and middle schools in the Philadelphia school district to explore the causal impact of attendance on multiple measures of achievement, including grade-point average and…
Published:   June 2010

Family League 2011-12 Out of School Time Programs in Baltimore City

Olson, Linda S., Faith Connolly and Alok H. Kommajesula. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore, MD, October 2013. This report examines the relationship between out-of-school time programs and school absence. Through the Family League’s education initiative, thousands of children in Baltimore have access to quality after school and summer learning opportunities. Among students who regularly attended OST programs, they had higher…
Published:   October 2013

Flaking Out: Student Absences and Snow Days as Disruptions of Instructional Time

Goodman, Joshua. National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 20221, June 2014. This report examines the effects of moderate snow on poor student absences, which was twice as large as for non-poor students. It was also twice as large for black and Hispanic students as for white and Asian students. The author speculates that this may be caused by…
Published:   June 2014

Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in Efforts to Close the Achievement Gap

Basch, Charles. Equity in Education Forum Series, Spring 2010, Teachers College, Columbia University. This report concludes that “six educationally relevant disparities”—vision problems, asthma, teen pregnancy, aggression and violence, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and concentration problems—have negative academic outcomes for minority students in urban settings. The piece hits also on data about the relationship between health and school attendance: “Compared with…
Published:   March 2010

Improving Student Attendance with School, Family and Community Partnerships

Sheldon, Steven B. Journal of Educational Research, January 2007. Researchers and policy makers have questioned the efficacy of family-involvement interventions. They believe that more studies are needed to compare outcomes of students whose families received a partnership intervention with those who did not. The author used data from the state of Ohio to compare student attendance in elementary schools that…
Published:   January 2007
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