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.

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

When Students Miss School: The High Cost to Houston

Finck, Julie Baker. Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, September 14, 2015. This report provides a detailed look at chronic absence in the Houston Independent School District for the 2014-2015 school year, when about 9.3 percent of students missed 10 percent or more of the school year. The report explores the impact poor attendance has on student achievement, classroom instruction and…
Published:   September 2015

Why Do Detroit Students Miss School? Implications for Returning to School After COVID-19

Cook, W., Lenhoff, S. W., Pogodzinski, B., and Singer, J. Detroit Education Research Partnership (DERP), Wayne State University, February 2021. This report contains in-depth interviews with Detroit parents and high school students, along with observations and interviews with Detroit school staff to document attendance trends and outline the major causes of student absenteeism in Detroit.
Published:   February 2021

Why September Matters: Improving Student Attendance

Olson, Linda S. Baltimore Education Research Consortium, July 2014. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance patterns throughout the year, providing an early warning sign for parents and educators to intervene and put students back on track, according to this brief which examines attendance in the Baltimore City Public Schools for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students…
Published:   July 2014
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