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.

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

Assessing the Impacts of Student Transportation on Public Transit

Fan, Y. and K. Das. University of Minnesota, Metro Transit, Minneapolis Public Schools, Dec. 2015. Researchers analyzed a program that provided transit passes to high school students living more than 2 miles from school and all students eligible for free or reduced price meals. The analysis found that pass users had 23 percent lower absenteeism, and participated in more learning…
Published:   December 2015

Association of Classroom Ventilation with Reduced Illness Absence: A Prospective Study in California Elementary Schools

Mendell, Mark. Indoor Air, vol 23, issue 3, April 2013. This report found that bringing classroom ventilation rates up to the state-mandated standard may reduce student absences due to illness by approximately 3.4 percent. Extensive data on ventilation rates was collected from more than 150 classrooms in California over two years. The study found that ventilation rates varied widely across…
Published:   April 2013

AttendaNCe Counts

NC Early Childhood Foundation, September 2017. The brief, AttendaNCe Counts, provides chronic absence rates in North Carolina, examines the chronic absenteeism policies and practices in the state, and offers recommendations for next steps.
Published:   September 2017

Attendance Counts: How Schools and Local Communities are Reducing Chronic Absence in North Carolina

North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation. September 2019. This report outlines results from a survey of 1,500 NC parents, preschool staff and elementary school staff who shared their impressions of current school-level attendance policies and practices. In addition to analyzing the survey data, the report considers what can be done by schools and in communities to reduce chronic absence in preschool…
Published:   September 2019

Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness and Third Grade Outcomes

Applied Survey Research, May 2011. A study commissioned by Attendance Works suggests that attendance in the early grades is critical to sustaining the school readiness skills that preschool or Head Start programs can help children to develop. This study conducted by Applied Survey Research examined the progress of 640 young California children in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties where…
Published:   July 2011
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