Meeting the Chronic Absenteeism Challenge – What Do We Know?

May 14, 2024

Dr. Robert Balfanz

What does a doubling of the number of students who are missing a month or more of schooling in the school year mean? What do the numbers tell us about the challenges our schools and communities face, and what does the evidence base say about the types of solutions and responses that are needed to meet them?

New brief from the Everyone Graduates Center, the GRAD Partnership, and National Partnership for Student Success Hub provides a synthesis of what we know about the district and school challenges of post-pandemic chronic absenteeism, and what can be done to meet them. It further analyzes existing federal and state data on chronic absenteeism, shows variation across states on key metrics, and examines the evidence-base on what has proven effective in reducing it.

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