Research Articles

Reducing Student Absenteeism in the Early Grades by Targeting Parental Beliefs

Challenging parent misconceptions about absenteeism can significantly boost student attendance, says a new study in the American Educational Research Journal.

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Chronic absenteeism: An old problem in search of new answers

Absenteeism is not a new concern, however. Educators and local officials were focused on this issue as early as the late 19th century—a quarter of the juveniles jailed at the Chicago House of Correction in 1898 were there for truancy. From Tom Sawyer to Ferris Bueller, truancy has been a staple of popular culture in the U.S.

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Chronic Absenteeism: A key indicator of student success

For students to succeed academically, they must be present and engaged at school. Nationwide, approximately 6.8 million—or one in seven—students miss 15 or more days during the school year. By most definitions, these students are considered ‘chronically absent.’ Research shows that chronic absenteeism can affect academic performance in later grades and is a key early warning sign that a student is more likely to drop out of high school.

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Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools

Much of the pressure to improve educational attainment is on high schools, but focus has also turned to earlier grades. Learn more in the UChicago CCSR Research Report: Looking Forward to High School and College Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools, November 2014

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Preventing Student Disengagement In Middle Schools

Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Track in High-Poverty Middle-Grades Schools: Early Identification and Effective Interventions

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The Silent Epidemic Perspectives of High School Dropouts

A report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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In School + On Track

In School + On Track: Attorney General’s 2013 Report on California’s Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis

(California data contributed by School Innovations & Achievement, Attention2Attendance)

Given the disturbing statistics, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris commissioned a study to examine the scope, causes and effects of truancy and absenteeism in California. The study also focused on what law enforcement, parents, educators, non-profits, public agencies and concerned community members can and must do about this problem. The findings are stark. We are failing our children.

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Preventing Student Disengagement and Keeping Students on the Graduation Path

“This article considers the practical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of an early identification and intervention system for middle-grades schools to combat student disengagement and increase graduation rates in our nation’s cities. Many students in urban schools become disengaged at the start of the middle grades, which greatly reduces the odds that they will eventually
graduate. We use longitudinal analyses—following almost 13,000 students from 1996 until 2004—to demonstrate how four predictive indicators reflecting poor attendance, misbehavior, and course failures in sixth grade can be used to identify 60% of the students who will not graduate from high school. Fortunately, by combining effective whole-school reforms with attendance,
behavioral, and extra-help interventions, graduation rates can be substantially increased.”

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