Research

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

For the full list of research and reports, please visit the All Research page.

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

Rethinking the Role of the Juvenile Justice System: Improving Youth’s School Attendance and Educational Outcomes

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, September 16, 2020. This report summarizes key findings from an unprecedented research study on the impact of juvenile justice system involvement — particularly probation — on school attendance. It reveals that kids involved in the juvenile justice system in South Carolina not only didn’t experience attendance improvements, but their attendance actually got worse.…
Published:   September 2020

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

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

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

The Effects of Absenteeism on Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes: Lessons for COVID-19

Santibañez, Lucrecia and Cassandra Guarino. Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), October 2020. An evaluation of six large CORE school districts in California suggests that if students missed more than a few weeks of instruction — which is likely, particularly among low-income and other disadvantaged students — their test scores and social, emotional learning (SEL) outcomes are likely to be…
Published:   October 2020

The Effects of Absenteeism on Cognitive and Social-Emotional Outcomes: Lessons for COVID-19

Santibanez, Lucrecia and Cassandra Guarino. Annenberg Institute, Brown University, October 2020. To help assess the possible effects of being away from school during the pandemic, researchers estimated the impact of absenteeism on academic and social-emotional outcomes from recent pre-Covid years. They find that absenteeism negatively affects mathematics achievement more than ELA, and middle school students more than elementary students.
Published:   October 2020
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