Research

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

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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 Tulsa’s CAP Head Start program on middle-school academic outcomes and progress

Phillips, Deborah, William Gormley, and Sara Anderson, August 2016. This study presents evidence pertinent to current debates about the lasting impacts of early childhood educational interventions and, specifically, Head Start. A group of students who were first studied to examine the immediate impacts of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Community Action Project (CAP) Head Start program were followed-up in middle school, primarily…
Published:   August 2016

Using TANF Sanctions to Increase High School Graduation

Harris, Ronald. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, September 2001, Vol. 28 Issue 3, pg. 211. The School Attendance Demonstration Project (SADP) was aimed at encouraging AFDC teens in San Diego Unified School District to finish high school. The project used a combined approach of the financial incentive in the form of a penalty for non-attendance in school, and the…
Published:   September 2001
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