Research

Below is a list of research related to attendance

Attendance Works - Quote - Joshua Childs
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.

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 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

Attendance in the Early Grades: Why it Matters for Reading

Attendance Works and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, February 2014. This brief summarizes a growing body of research which documents how many youngsters are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of the school year due to excused or unexcused absences. The research also shows how these missed days, as early as preschool, translate into weaker reading skills…
Published:   February 2014

Attendance Matters: White Paper on Chronic Absenteeism in San Antonio Schools

P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County. This study revealed both the scope of chronic absence and the impact of interventions involving more than 5,000 students, finding that 12.8 percent of the students were chronically absent. Nearly a quarter of 12th graders missed that much school, with girls missing more school than boys in their final year. As much as 24…
Published:   August 2015

Better Together? Social Networks in Truancy and the Targeting of Treatment

Bennett, Magdalena and Peter Bergman, Columbia University, October 2018. Teachers who send text messages to parents of students who were chronically absent also boosted attendance among that student’s friend network. The research shows that the “spillover effects” of family or student intervention onto their peers can help reduce the cost of school or district interventions designed to improve attendance.
Published:   October 2018
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