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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.

Using Behavioral Insights to Improve School Administrative Communications: The Case of Truancy Notifications

Lasky-Fink, Jessica, Carly D. Robinson, Hedy Nai-Lin Chang and Todd Rodgers. Harvard Kennedy School, March 2018. Truancy notifications often use long passages of punitive legal jargon that are confusing and threatening to families. By randomly assigning parents to receive a modified truancy notification with simplified language and constructive information, the researchers saw a reduction in absenteeism.
Published:   March 2021

Using Behavioral Insights to Improve Truancy Notifications

Lasky-Fink, Jessica, Carly Robinson, Hedy Chang, and Todd Rogers. Harvard Kennedy School, August 2019. In this working paper, researchers modified a district’s standard notification letter. The modified letters reduced absences in the following month by 2 percent, translating to .07 fewer days of absence, equal to a 40 percent improvement over the estimated effectiveness of the standard truancy notification.
Published:   August 2019

Using Chronic Absence Data to Improve Conditions for Learning

Using Chronic Absence Data to Improve Conditions for Learning, by Hedy N. Chang, David Osher, Mara Schanfield, Jane Sundius and Lauren Bauer, describes how chronic absence and conditions for learning are interconnected issues that can have an impact on a child’s educational success. Case studies from the state of Georgia and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District help to illustrate how…
Published:   September 2019

Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss and Educational Inequity

Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss, and Educational Inequity: Insights from School Year 2017-18 Data, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, February 2021. This report provides a national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence and shows how chronic absence data reported prior to the coronavirus pandemic can help…
Published:   February 2021

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

What are the Effects of a Two-Generation Human Capital Program on Children’s Attendance and Chronic Absence in Head Start?

Sommer, Teresa Eckrich, et al. Northwestern University, May 2019. This study evaluates the effects on children’s attendance and chronic absence of Career Advance, a career pathway training program for parents of children enrolled in Head Start. It also examines whether the program is more effective in reducing children’s chronic absence among certain families (i.e., grouped by family, parent, and child…
Published:   May 2019

What Matters for Staying On-track and Graduating in Chicago Public High Schools: A Close Look at Course Grades, Failures, and Attendance in the Freshman Year

Allensworth, Elaine and John Easton. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Consortium on Chicago School Research, July 2007. In this study of the freshman year of high school, researchers found that attendance in this pivotal transition year was a key indicator of whether students would finish high school. A high rate of absenteeism, described as missing 10 percent or more of…
Published:   July 2007
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