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.

Chronic Absenteeism in Tennessee’s Early Grades

Tennessee Department of Education. This report documents that 10% of students in grades K-3 are chronically absent. It shows that chronically absent students are less likely to read by the end of the third grade than demographically similar peers, and shows that chronic absence is concentrated among economically disadvantaged schools and a sub-set of schools.
Published:   February 2016

Chronic Absenteeism in the Classroom Context: Effects on Achievement

Gottfried, Michael A. (Urban Education, in press). This article examines the spillover effects of one student’s chronic absenteeism on the academic achievement of the students in the same classroom. The researchers utilized a dataset of elementary schoolchildren from a large-scale urban district where the rates of chronic absenteeism were expected to be higher compared to the national average. They looked…
Published:   January 2013

Chronic Absenteeism in Virginia and the Challenged School Divisions: A Descriptive Analysis of Patterns and Correlates

University of Virginia, Luke Miller, and Amanda Johnson. The report finds that one of every 10 students in Virginia was chronically absent in the 2014-15 school year, with higher rates in Norfolk (1 out of every 7 students), in Richmond and Petersburg (1 out of every 5 students). The analysis shows that chronic absenteeism rates are particularly high among high-schoolers,…
Published:   September 2016

Chronic Absenteeism Report

Chief Education Office of Oregon. This report combines analyses of chronic absence data with data drawn from 44 focus group interviews with parents and students to present a comprehensive examination of attendance barriers in the state. The report shows that 20% of all students were chronically absent in 2013-14. Both Native American students and students with disabilities were identified as…
Published:   May 2016

Chronic Elementary Absenteeism: A Problem Hidden in Plain Sight

Bruner, Charles, Anne Discher, and Hedy Chang. Child and Family Policy Center and Attendance Works, November 2011. This study confirms the premise that districts and schools may fail to detect high levels of chronic absence because the problem is easily masked by average daily attendance, one of the most commonly calculated attendance measures. While many educators assume a 95 percent…
Published:   November 2011

Chronic School Absenteeism and the Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Stempel, Hilary, Mandy A. Allison, Academic Pediatrics, September 2017. Researchers conducted a secondary analysis of data from the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health including children 6 to 17 years old. They found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exposure was associated with chronic school absenteeism in school-age children. To improve school attendance, along with future graduation rates and long-term health,…
Published:   September 2017

Chronic Student Absenteeism: The Critical Role of School Nurses

NASN School Nurse, May 2016. Routine school attendance is necessary for youth to develop into well-educated, successful adult citizens who will make significant contributions to society. Yet over 5 million students in the United States are chronically absent missing more than 10% of school in a year. The growing problem of chronic absenteeism among youth can be linked to increases…
Published:   May 2016
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