Absenteeism and student achievement
...it is critical that schools and communities work together to ensure students attend school regularly. The most effective efforts include schools, community-based organizations and government agencies working collaboratively to:
• Use data on chronic absence to identify patterns, set targets for reduction, and monitor progress over time.
• Actively and consistently communicate the importance of regular school attendance.
• Provide rich, engaging, more personalized learning experiences with stable, experienced, and skilled teachers; actively engage parents in their children’s education; and offer enriching, quality after-school experiences.
• Provide early childhood experiences that prepare children and families for formal education.
• Revise and adopt disciplinary policies and practices that ensure students are not suspended or expelled unnecessarily for nonviolent offenses, including skipping school.
• Reach out to families and youth when students begin to show patterns of excessive absence.
Examine factors contributing to chronic absence, especially from parent and youth perspectives.
• Pay attention to attendance in the early grades and throughout a student’s academic career, particularly during the transitions from elementary school to middle school to high school.
Combine strategies to improve attendance among all students, with special interventions targeting those who are chronically absent.
• Offer positive supports to promote school attendance before implementing responses that are punitive or that require legal action.