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The reports on this page are listed alphabetically and examine the issue of chronic absence nationwide and in selected communities. Use the search box to find research using the author name. See the early education, elementary, secondary and other research categories on the right. To submit new research, please contact us.

Absent from School: Understanding and Addressing Student Absenteeism

Gottfried, Michael A. and Ethan L. Hutt, Harvard Education Press, February 2019. A collection of chapters written by researchers from across the country, the book focuses on measuring attendance, policies and programs that can improve attendance, and interventions designed to encourage students to be in school every day.
Published:   February 2019

Absenteeism and GPA: Exploring the top indicators of career and college readiness

Allensworth, Elaine. Attendance Institute and the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR), November 18, 2014. Elaine Allensworth, PhD, and the Lewis-Sebring Director of CCSR shares highlights from three important reports: 1. Absenteeism from Preschool to High School, 2. Looking Forward to High School and College: Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools, and 3. Free…
Published:   November 2014

Absenteeism in D.C. Public Schools Early Education Program

Dubay, Lisa and Nikhil Holla. Urban Institute, January 26, 2015. Enrollment in early childhood education programs can be an important stepping stone to higher educational achievement, particularly for low-income children. This report examines the extent of absenteeism in the District of Columbia Public Schools’ school-based Head Start program in the 2013–2014 school year. Absence rates and the share of students…
Published:   January 2015

Academic achievement of African American boys: A city-wide, community-based investigation of risk and resilience

Fantuzzo, John. Journal of School Psychology, Volume 50, Issue 5, October 2012, pages 559–579. This study of about 8,900 Philadelphia children went beyond a simple measure of poverty to explore six risk factors that influence the achievement gap between African American and White boys and demonstrated that students facing more risk factors suffer academically. The study also showed that African…
Published:   October 2012

Addressing Early Warning Indicators: Interim Impact Findings from the Investing in Innovation (i3) Evaluation of Diplomas Now

Corrin, William. MDRC, June 2016. This report shares first-year impacts of a multi-year program from Diplomas Now, paying particular attention to attendance, behavior, and course performance outcomes of students in sixth or ninth grade. The report finds reduced chronic absenteeism in the sixth grade by an average of 17 percent, suggesting it’s possible to reduce chronic absenteeism in underserved environments…
Published:   June 2016

American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Education released a report showing that 30 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students were considered to be chronically absent in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, compared to 17 percent of Non-Native student in 2014-15 and 19 percent in 2015-16. A. As the 2017 report, American Indian/Alaska Native Students in Oregon: A Review of Key Indicators…
Published:   November 2017

Are Students Present and Accounted For? An Examination of State Attendance Policies During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Are Students Present and Accounted For? An Examination of State Attendance Policies During the Covid-19 Pandemic, by Attendance Works, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic impacted attendance data. It presents a summary of state attendance guidance developed since spring 2020, and examines the extent to which recent state guidance guarantees the availability of consistent, reliable data taken on a daily basis.
Published:   January 2021
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