Attendance Resources for Parents

The Facts About Chronic Absence

  • Nationwide an estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent each year, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of the school year in excused and unexecused absences. That's about 18-19 days in a typical year.
  • High levels of chronic absence are found in urban, suburban and rural communities. In some school districts, as many as one in four students are chronically absence.
  • This is not just a high school problem. One in 10 kindergarten and 1st grade students is chronically absence.
  • Low-income students are four times more likely to be chronically absent than their middle class peers.
  • Chronic absence occurs even when the absences occur sporadically throughout the year.

Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video from Rachel Auerbach on Vimeo.

Please see the list of links for more resources.

  • Attendance Works is a national organization dedicated to improving the policy, practice and research around attendance. Its website offers materials, research and success stories about reducing chronic absence. Attendance Works also offers technical assistance to school districts and communities.
  • Everyone Graduates Center combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation's dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to graduation. That includes tracking of early warning indicators, including chronic absence.
  • Get Schooled was founded on the belief that students themselves have the power to improve their future if given the right information and motivation. The organization sponsors attendance contests, wake-up calls and leverages the key influences in teens' lives to directly engage them on their path through high school and into college.


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