Research & Data

Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation’s Schools: An unprecedented look at a hidden educational crisis
Interactive website developed by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016 that provides nationwide data related to student chronic absence.

The release of the Department's 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) marks a turning point in the effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate chronic absenteeism so that all students have a better chance of reaching their full potential. The data from the CRCD is drawn from nearly every public school in the country and helps us understand who is chronically absent, at what grade levels chronic absenteeism tends to occur, and how chronic absenteeism compares community-by-community and state-by-state.

Attendance Works – Compilation of research
Key local, state, and national research, with brief summaries and links to free online versions of reports.

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences
A student who misses just two days of school each month is considered to be chronically absent. However, many parents don’t realize that.

Making the Case for Tracking Chronic Absence (2012)
Attendance Works’ two-page summary of research on chronic absenteeism.

Chronic Elementary Absenteeism: A Problem Hidden in Plain Sight (2011) 
Chronic absenteeism - or missing 10 percent or more of school days for any reason - is a proven early warning sign of academic risk and school dropout.

Utah-specific research