Initiative Description: “Focus on Results-Study of Student Attendance.” This is a voluntary activity of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The National Network guides schools, districts, and state departments of education to use research-based approaches to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive programs of partnership that focus on increasing student success, including improving attendance. Longitudinal data to examine the effects of family and community involvement activities on rates of chronic absenteeism.
Study results: School efforts to connect with students’ families and communities about attendance are successful in keeping students in school.
Reference: Epstein, J. L., & Sheldon, S. B. (2002). Present and accounted for: Improving student attendance through family ands community involvement. The Journal of Educational Research, 95, 308-318.
Level of Evidence: Good