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Research Brief: Improving Attendance In Our Schools

A National review of the issues and a look at interventions from Communities In Schools

One of the key ways that CIS affiliates help students stay in school and graduate is by ensuring that students are consistently in the classroom. This brief highlights the importance of school attendance, reasons that students are often absent from school and how commonly reported school data can mask chronic absenteeism. It also provides information on how to work with students, families and schools to increase student attendance, and highlights some of the whole-school and individual student attendance-focused interventions implemented by CIS in schools across the country. Finally, the brief includes a discussion of opportunities for CIS affiliates nationwide to leverage the CIS model in partnership with schools as they align with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to report and address absenteeism.