Research

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

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School Attendance, and Early Cognitive Development, The Differential Effects of School Exposure

Ready, Douglas D., Socioeconomic Disadvantage, School Attendance, and Early Cognitive Development, The Differential Effects of School Exposure, Sociology of Education, October 2010. Despite the substantial body of research documenting strong relationships between social class and children’s cognitive abilities, researchers have generally neglected the extent to which school absenteeism exacerbates social class differences in academic development among young children. This study…
Published:   October 2010

School Attendance Patterns in Iowa: Chronic Absence in the Early Grades

Child and Family Policy Center. This report is an analysis of absenteeism in Iowa of early-elementary students from the 2010-11 school year through third grade in 2013-14. The analysis finds that one-third of all districts and nearly 40 percent of elementary schools have rates of chronic absence among kindergartners in excess of 10 percent. The report used data on over…
Published:   April 2016

Strategies for Student Attendance and School Climate in Baltimore’s Community Schools

Researchers interviewed the coordinators in community schools identified as having comparatively higher student attendance and more positive school climate than peer community schools. Having clearly designated roles, reliable protocols and procedures, and a leader who consistently communicated expectations to parents and students helped ensure that community schools could maintain high attendance and a positive school climate.
Published:   October 2017

Strengthening Schools by Strengthening Families: Community Strategies to Reverse Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades and Improve Supports for Children and Families

Nauer, Kim, Andrew White and Rajeev Yerneni. Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, October 2008. The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School conducted its own an analysis of chronic absence in New York City public schools. It found that more than 90,000 children in grades K through 5 (more than 20 percent…
Published:   October 2008

Taking Attendance Seriously: How School Absences Undermine Student and School Performance in New York City

Musser, Martha. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, May 2011. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity works to ensure New York City students’ right to a sound, basic education. In this study, they found that absenteeism presents a large barrier to securing that education. The CFE analyzed attendance records, state assessment scores, and demographic factors for 64,062 fourth-graders attending 705 New York…
Published:   May 2011

The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement

Kuhfeld, Megan and Beth Tarasawa, NWEA Collaborative for Student Growth, April 2020. This brief leverages research on summer loss and uses a national sample of over five million students in grades 3–8 who took assessment tests in 2017–2018. The authors examined growth trajectories of a standard school year compared to projected COVID-19 school closures and slowdown.
Published:   April 2020
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