Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success. Attendance Work's goal is to ensure that every district in the country not only tracks chronic absence data, but also partners with families and community agencies to intervene when attendance is a problem for children or particular schools.
Visit the Attendance Works website.
Chronic Absence in the United States, 2015-16 School Year Interactive Map
This webpage from The Hamilton Project allows website users to explore chronic absence data for the 2015-16 school year data across multiple levels. Hover, zoom in and out, and click around to investigate differences in chronic absence across states, between districts, and between schools in a district. Select student characteristics to see rates of chronic absence among particular student subpopulations. Clicking school characteristics allows the user to see rates of chronic absence by grade span and location.
Chronic Absence Survey and Data Tools (University of South Florida)
The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools
Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence
This September 2017 report from Attendance Works
and the Everyone Graduates Center
provides a national and state analysis of how many schools face high levels of chronic absence, and discusses the implications for state and local action. The report includes examples of attendance initiatives from communities across the U.S. that show how chronic absence can be turned around, even when it reaches high levels in a school or district, or among a particular student population. It also shares how partners such as businesses, nonprofits, and local governments can team up with educators and add support and resources.
Visit Portraits of Change: Aligning School and Community Resources to Reduce Chronic Absence report webpage