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.

Can Texting Parents Improve Attendance in Elementary School? A Test of an Adaptive Messaging Strategy

Heppen, Jessica, Kurki, A., & Brown, S. American Institutes for Research (AIR) for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). This report presents findings from a study that tested four versions of an adaptive text messaging strategy to see which, if any, would reduce chronic absence and improve achievement among 26,000 elementary school students. All four versions of the adaptive text…
Published:   September 2020

Check and Connect: The role of monitors in supporting high-risk youth

Christenson, S.L., et al. Reaching Today’s Youth: The Community Circle of Caring Journal, 2, 18–21. 1997. During seven years of experience with federally funded intervention projects for high-risk youth, Check and Connect has developed a system of support that helps even the most challenging young people meet school standards. In work with secondary level students with emotional and learning disabilities,…
Published:   January 2006

Chronic Absence in the Sacramento Unified School District

University of California, Davis, Center for Regional Change, 2012. The UC Davis Center for Regional change conducted an assessment of chronic absence in the Sacramento Unified School District, describing prevalence, costs, characteristics of chronically absent students, barriers to attendance, and building partnerships that eliminate barriers to attendance.
Published:   July 2012

Chronic Absence in Utah Public Schools

Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah. In 2012, the researchers released a brief to highlight their important findings on chronic absence and its effects in Utah. The study of five years of attendance data emphasizes the need for early identification of students who are chronically absent, and identified chronic absenteeism as a key predictor of dropouts as…
Published:   July 2012

Chronic Absence Patterns and Prediction During Covid-19: Insights from Connecticut

Chronic Absence Patterns and Prediction During Covid-19: Insights from Connecticut, by Attendance Works and the Connecticut State Department of Education, analyzes how patterns of chronic absence in the state differ across learning modes, grades and student groups. It offers insights from the analysis that can be used for Covid-19 educational recovery efforts and attendance initiatives, and recommendations that other states…
Published:   June 2021

Chronic Absenteeism Among Kindergarten Students

Rhode Island Data HUB. This report followed a cohort of students through several years and found that those who were chronically absent in kindergarten were 20% less likely to score proficient or higher in reading, 25% less likely to score proficient or higher in math, twice as likely to be retained in grade, twice as likely to be suspended by…
Published:   July 2015
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