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Free to Fail or On-Track to College: Why Grades Drop When Students Enter High School and What Adults Can Do About It

Rosenkranz, Todd. University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, April 2014. High school teachers often assume freshmen are ready to take on the responsibility for managing their own academic behavior. However, students often interpret their new freedom to mean that attending classes and working hard are choices rather than responsibilities, and as a result their attendance and study habits…
Published:   April 2014

Increasing school attendance for K-8 students: A review of research examining the effectiveness of truancy prevention programs

Schultz, Jennifer Lee and Chanelle Gandy. Wilder Foundation, March 2007. This analysis examines several multi-faceted truancy prevention programs, which combine school-based, family-based, and community-based interventions. The study focused on programs for elementary and middle school students. Detailed descriptions are given of the studies, along with specific examples of what worked well and what methods were ineffective.
Published:   March 2007

Increasing Student Attendance: Strategies from Research and Practice

Railsback, Jennifer. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, June 2004. This report looks at practices and outcomes of attendance programs across the country. Although promising practices exist across the country, there are no “silver bullet” approaches proven to keep children in school. Other research has investigated how school disengagement relates to decreased attendance. In addition to asking “How can we help students…
Published:   June 2004

Intervening through Influential Third Parties:Reducing Student Absences at Scale via Parents

Rogers, Todd and Avi Feller. Working Paper, 2017. This study analyzed whether information sent home to caregivers of K-12 students could impact chronic absence. Carefully worded messages on postcards reminded parents of the importance of absences and of their ability to influence them, added information about students’ total absences, or added the number of absences among target students’ classmates. The…
Published:   April 2017

Learning from the “Reducing Barriers to School Attendance” initiative

Torres, K., Rooney, K., Gandi, E. and Holmgren, M. Education Northwest, December 2020. In 2017, KPNW contracted with Education Northwest to conduct a three-year external evaluation of the Reducing Barriers to Attendance initiative. This report summarizes changes to KPNW grantee activities, capacities, and partnerships in the third and final year of the project. It aims to provide insight on efforts…
Published:   March 2021

Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities

Balfanz, Robert and Vaughn Byrnes. Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, November 2013. This report examines the impact of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s task force on truancy, chronic absenteeism and school engagement, a program that spanned 2010 to 2013 and reached more than 60,000 students in NYC public schools. The study found that students who…
Published:   November 2013

Present and Accounted For: Improving Student Attendance Through Family and Community Involvement

Epstein, Joyce L. and Steven B. Sheldon. Journal of Educational Research, vol 95, pp. 308-318, May/June 2002. This study suggests that schools may be able to increase student attendance in elementary school by implementing specific family and community involvement activities. The study discusses the results of an analysis of longitudinal data collected on schools’ rates of daily student attendance and…
Published:   June 2002
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