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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 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

Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-14 School Year

The chronic absence data was released prior to the opening of the Every Student Every Day National Conference: Eliminating Chronic Absenteeism by Implementing and Strengthening Cross-Sector Systems of Support for All Students, held in Arlington, Va. Sponsored by the Education Department, the first-ever national conference on chronic absence attracted teams from more than 35 states as well as the 30…
Published:   June 2016

Community Asthma Initiative: Evaluation of a Quality Improvement Program for Comprehensive Asthma Care

Woods, Elizabeth R. Pediatrics, February 20, 2012. Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses for children in the United States, and rates have reached historically high levels nationally with large racial/ethnic health disparities. Preventive efforts to address asthma issues in early childhood have been found to return $1.46 for every dollar invested, by reducing hospital visits. Additionally, there…
Published:   February 2012

Comparative studies of hand disinfection and hand washing procedures as tested by pupils in intervention programs

Nandrup-Bus, Ange. American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 39, Issue 6, August 2011.The objective of this study was to determine the effect of mandatory, scheduled hand disinfection (HD) on actual absenteeism because of infectious illness in elementary school pupils in Denmark. A three-month experiment compared one school in which students were required to wash their hands three times a day,…
Published:   August 2011
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