Research

Below is a list of key research related to attendance for Middle & High School

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Most US middle and high schools start the school day too early. Students need adequate sleep for their health, safety, and academic success

Wheaton, Ann. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 6, 2015. Fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the U.S. began the school day at the recommended 8:30 AM start time or later during the 2011-2012 school year, according to data published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Too-early…
Published:   August 2015

Moving Forward to Improve Graduation Rates in Baltimore City

Mac Iver, Martha A. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Baltimore, Md. April 2011.A study of two first‐time ninth grade cohorts in Baltimore City Schools, followed forward to their on‐time graduation year and one year beyond, found that increasing ninth grade attendance and course passing rates is the most important lever for increasing the graduation rate. The probability of graduation increases steadily…
Published:   April 2011

Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

Mac Iver, Martha and Mattew Messel. The Council of the Great City Schools, Senior Urban Education Research Fellowship Series, vol. 7, Summer 2012. This study examines the relationship between 8th and 9th grade early warning indicators as predictors of graduation outcomes, as well as the relationship between 9th grade indicators and college enrollment outcomes. It suggests early interventions to prevent…
Published:   September 2012

Predictors of Educational Attainment in the Chicago Longitudinal Study

Ou, Suh-Ruu and Arthur Reynolds. School Psychology Quarterly, v. 23, no. 2, p. 199-229, 2008. This study attempts to determine the graduation likelihood of a sample of 12-year-old students in the Chicago area who were at risk of not completing school due to poverty. Several variables, including number of absences, were significant predictors of high school completion. Absences across the…
Published:   June 2008

Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Path in Urban Middle-Grades Schools

Balfanz, Robert, Lisa Herzog, and Douglas J. MacIver. Educational Psychologist, 42(4), 223–235 Copyright 2007, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. This article considers the practical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of an early identification and intervention system for middle-grades schools to combat student disengagement and increase graduation rates in our nation’s cities. It offers data revealing how four predictive indicators reflecting poor attendance,…
Published:   January 2007

Reasons for Chronic Absenteeism Among Secondary Students

This report presents information on the results of the Reasons for Chronic Absenteeism (RCA) Survey for secondary students. The data were collected directly from 5,790 chronically absent 6th-12th grade students in 8 states (CA, FL, IA, KY, ME, MI, MN, RI), 21 school districts, and 91 schools. The data were collected from October through December 2016. Participants were selected based…
Published:   August 2017

Skipping to Nowhere: Students share their views about missing school

Get Schooled Foundation. August 2012. In a report by the Get Schooled Foundation, students share their views about missing school and admit to frequently skipping school without parental knowledge. The report found that more than 61 percent of school skippers cite boredom as the cause for cutting class and more than 80 percent of students who skip school once a…
Published:   August 2012
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