Sources on School Attendance

  • Attendance Works:  Hedy Chang, Executive Director and President, can discuss national trends and research on school attendance, as well as state and local strategies for reducing chronic absence. Contact her at or Catherine Cooney, Director of Communications, at 202-487-0048 or to set up an interview. They can also put you in touch with relevant contacts in a variety of localities and states.

  • Bob Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, can talk about how absenteeism influences graduation rates, and how attendance monitoring has helped improve achievement in schools across the nation, as well as in Diplomas Now schools. Contact Amanda D. Martorana at for questions about national research and Diplomas Now. 

  • The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading can talk about how chronic absence can affect a child’s change of reading proficiently by the end of third grade. 

  • Faith Connolly, executive director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, can talk about how poor attendance in the first month of school predicts chronic absence for the entire year. Contact her at

  • Terra Gay, director of education programs at Points of Light, can talk about the Corps 18 program that uses VISTA workers to promote solutions to chronic absence. Contact her at

  • Alan Ginsburg, a researcher who has analyzed NAEP scores, can talk about the connection between attendance and standardized test scores. Contact him at 202-966-0946 or

  • Healthy Schools Campaign can speak about the connection between attendance and health concerns. For more information, contact Alex Mays at

  • Kim Nauer, education policy director at the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, can talk about research connecting chronic absence and poverty. Contact her at 646-942-8414 or

  • Michael Gottfried, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, can talk about how attendance influences the development of socioemotional skills and the connection between preschool and kindergarten attendance. Contact him at   

  • Jane Quinn at the Children’s Aid Society can talk about New York City’s Success Mentors program, which improved attendance for chronically absent students. Contact Jane at

  • Tina Chong, vice president, communications at City Year, can provide examples of how City Year AmeriCorps members are helping to reduce chronic absenteeism through tutoring and near-peer mentoring. Contact Tina at 857-305-1602 or

  • Raegen Miller, research director at FutureEd at Georgetown University, can talk about which states have adopted chronic absence as an accountability metric under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Contact him at

  • Stacy Ehrlich, managing director and senior research scientist at the UChicago Consortium, can talk about the reasons for and impacts of absenteeism in preschool and the early grades. Contact Stacy at


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