Below is a list of research related to attendance

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Your work and passion for student attendance was what got me interested in studying it and wanting to focus my academic work on chronic absenteeism. Your 2011 article inspired me to get involved in chronic absenteeism research, and most importantly, encouraged me to focus on solutions to addressing the ‘problem hidden in plain sight.’ Thank you so much for the work you do with your team at Attendance Works."
— Joshua Childs, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin
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.

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

Review: The association between anxiety and poor attendance at school – a systematic review

Finning, Katie, et. al., Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, February 2019. In this review 4930 articles, researchers found that anxiety may be associated with poor attendance at school which can lead to a range of adverse academic, social and economic outcomes. The authors conclude that clinicians should consider the possibility of anxiety in children and adolescents with poor…
Published:   February 2019

Rising Tide of Chronic Absence Challenges Schools

Rising Tide of Chronic Absence Challenges Schools, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University. This analysis of national data for the 2021-22 school year, released by the U.S. Department of Education, shows striking findings at the school level: two-thirds (66%) of enrolled students attended a school with high or extreme levels of chronic absence. Nationally, 14.7 million…
Published:   October 2023

Risk and Resilience: Differences in Risk Factors and Health Outcomes Between Homeless and Non-Homeless Students In 2017 YRBS Data

Brown, Katie, Barbara Duffield and Caitlyn R. Owens, SchoolHouse Connection, November 2018. This report has data on the impact of homelessness on chronic absence and offers some helpful recommendations for schools and districts on supports. The authors found that students experiencing homelessness were 5.23 times more likely to miss school due to safety concerns compared to students not characterized as…
Published:   November 2018

School Absenteeism Among Children Living With Smokers

Levy, Douglas E., Jonathan P. Winickoff, and Nancy A. Rigotti. Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2, 2011. Children of parents who smoke have worse attendance than their peers with healthier parents, according to this study. Researchers looked at data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey to assess the relationship between adult-reported household tobacco use…
Published:   September 2011

School Attendance Following Receipt of Care From a School-Based Health Center

Lim C, Chung PJ, Biely C, Jackson NJ, Puffer M, Zepeda A, Anton P, Leifheit KM, Dudovitz R. Journal of Adolescent Health. Located within schools, School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide a variety of essential health services to students, families and community members. This study found that SBHC utilization correlates to improved school attendance over time, particularly for students receiving mental…
Published:   December 2023

School Attendance Patterns in Iowa: Chronic Absence in the Early Grades

Child and Family Policy Center. This report is an analysis of absenteeism in Iowa of early-elementary students from the 2010-11 school year through third grade in 2013-14. The analysis finds that one-third of all districts and nearly 40 percent of elementary schools have rates of chronic absence among kindergartners in excess of 10 percent. The report used data on over…
Published:   April 2016
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