Below is a list of key research related to State & Local Chronic Absence Reports

For the full list of research and reports, please visit the All Research page.

Reducing Chronic Absenteeism for Children in Foster Care and FINS

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, September 2017. Researchers found that little data is collected and shared between state agencies, schools, social workers and courts making it difficult to know the extent of the problem. The report explores the issue, discusses school and district bright spots, and offers recommendations to help the state reduce chronic…
Published:   September 2018

School Attendance Patterns in Iowa: Chronic Absence in the Early Grades

Child and Family Policy Center. This report is an analysis of absenteeism in Iowa of early-elementary students from the 2010-11 school year through third grade in 2013-14. The analysis finds that one-third of all districts and nearly 40 percent of elementary schools have rates of chronic absence among kindergartners in excess of 10 percent. The report used data on over…
Published:   April 2016

Seize the Data Opportunity in California: Using Chronic Absence to Improve Educational Outcomes

Attendance Works, the Center for Regional Change, University of California Davis, and Children Now, May 2018. This report a call to action urging anyone interested in improving educational outcomes to use chronic absence data recently released by the California Department of Education to identify which schools and groups of students most need support, so they have an equal opportunity to…
Published:   May 2018

Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in New Jersey

Zalkind, Cecelia, Mary Coogan and Robert Sterling. Advocates for Children of New Jersey, August 2015. An analysis of data collected by the New Jersey Department of Education documents that more than 125,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade missed 10 percent or more of the 2013-14 school year. The report provide breakdowns for each county, as well as looking at…
Published:   August 2015

Showing Up Matters: The State of Chronic Absenteeism in New Jersey, 2nd Annual Report

Zalkind, Cecelia, Mary Coogan and Robert Sterling. This second analysis of data collected by the New Jersey Department of Education finds that roughly 136,000, or more than one in 10 New Jersey students from kindergarten through 12th grade were chronically absent during the 2014-15 school year. The report breaks down rates by district and county, and looks at rates of…
Published:   September 2016

The Attendance Imperative: How States Can Advance Achievement by Reducing Chronic Absence

Attendance Works. Released in September 2013 and updated in September 2014, this brief describes the steps that states can take to reduce chronic absence including: building public awareness, tracking and publicly reporting chronic absence rates for schools and districts, using attendance as a metric in school improvement efforts, sharing best practices with educators and parents, and enabling interagency efforts among…
Published:   September 2013

The Connection Between Missing School and Health: A Review of Chronic Absenteeism and Student Health in Oregon

Henderson, Tia. Upstream Public Health, October 2014. Upstream Public Health looks “upstream” at factors in communities, at home, and at schools that lead to chronic absenteeism. The report reviews data and research on student absences — finding that unexpected factors such as unstable housing, fear of bullying, and punitive school discipline policies as well as health conditions such as hunger,…
Published:   October 2014
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