Learn How Leading Districts Are Addressing Chronic Absenteeism  


Over 6.5 million students—one in every seven—are chronically absent from school each year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Defined as missing 10% of more of the year, chronic absenteeism is one of the most critical issues facing school and district leaders today.

In this guide, you'll find the strategies that innovative school districts nationwide have used to reduce chronic absenteeism:

  • How smarter letters home to families reduced absenteeism by over 10% in the School District of Philadelphia
  • How promoting social-emotional learning (SEL) helped to build stronger relationships in Washoe County School District (Nev.)
  • How implementing an early warning system helps educators be proactive in supporting at-risk students in Community High School District 117 (Ill.)

5 School Districts That Are Reducing Chronic Absenteeism