School Attendance

Resources for Educators

  1. National Center for School Engagement (NCSE). Tool Kit for Creating your Own Truancy Reduction Program. This document provides research on truancy and details of best practices in truancy reduction.
  2. Alberta Education Student Engagement and Attendance Adobe PDF Document
    This document incorporates best practices when tackling attendance issues and student engagement in your school along with examples of good models.
  3. Attendance Works
    Attendance Works is a United States national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. They promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.
  4. Attendance Improvement Package
    Department of Education and Children’s Services, Government of South Australia (2003)
  5. Increasing School Attendance for K-8 (March 2007) Adobe PDF Document
    A review of research examining the effectiveness of truancy prevention programs.
  6. Ideas for school-wide incentives Adobe PDF Document
  7. Truancy and Excessive Absenteeism: A Best Practice Manual for Schools
  8. Better Practice in School Attendance – Improving the School Attendance of Indigenous Students (2000). Monash University, Australia
    This document provides research on attendance issues in Australia, along with recommendations and for schools to improve student attendance. Brief descriptions of programs are provided.
  9. National Dropout Prevention Center
    Provides ideas on school/community collaboration
  10. National Center for Student Engagement
    Provides a wide-range of information to improve engagement and attendance
  11. Christopher A, Kearney
    Dr. Kearney is a renowned educator that specializes in absenteeism and school refusal.
  12. Using Data to Improve Student Achievement (August 2008). Ontario Education Adobe PDF Document
    This document provides a brief explanation of the steps to follow when using data to make school decisions.
  13. Neild, Ruth C. (2009) Falling Off Track During the Transition to High School: What We Know and What Can Be Done Adobe PDF Document
  14. Tilleczek, K. & Ferguson, B. (2007). Transitions and Pathways from Elementary to Secondary School: A Review of Selected Literature. Ontario Ministry of Education Adobe PDF Document
  15. Ashton, R. (20080. Guidelines on Transition to High School. Adobe PDF Document
  16. Smink, D. Ed. & Reimer, M.S. (2005). Fifteen Effective Strategies for Improving Student Attendance and Truancy Prevention. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Adobe PDF Document
  17. Truancy Prevention. National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention