Below is a list of seminal research related to attendance

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The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

Balfanz, Robert and Vaughn Byrnes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools. May 2012. Researchers evaluated chronic absence data from six states—Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island—to assess trends and predict the size of the nation’s attendance challenge. A national rate of 10 percent chronic absenteeism seems conservative and it could be as high as…

Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss and Educational Inequity

Using Chronic Absence to Map Interrupted Schooling, Instructional Loss, and Educational Inequity: Insights from School Year 2017-18 Data, by Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center, February 2021. This report provides a national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence and shows how chronic absence data reported prior to the coronavirus pandemic can help…

What Matters for Staying On-track and Graduating in Chicago Public High Schools: A Close Look at Course Grades, Failures, and Attendance in the Freshman Year

Allensworth, Elaine and John Easton. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Consortium on Chicago School Research, July 2007. In this study of the freshman year of high school, researchers found that attendance in this pivotal transition year was a key indicator of whether students would finish high school. A high rate of absenteeism, described as missing 10 percent or more of…
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