Literature Review

Initiative Description: Electronic search in Educational Resources Information Center, Journal Storage, and PsycINFO databases. Keywords used in were truancy or absent or attendance and family or parent., then the list of articles were refined to assure specific attendance outcomes, using the following criteria, the study: (a) used a quantitative experimental design; (b) appeared in a peer-reviewed journal; (c) described the extent to which parents were involved in the intervention; (d) focused on improving school attendance, as compared with multiple student outcomes; and (e) included data (e.g., number of days the student attended throughout the study) to describe the direct effect of the intervention on attendance rates.

Six procedures included phone calls, the other three studies had more staff interactions with parents and students

Study Results: Increasing direct parent and teacher contact has been a beneficial strategy in improving student attendance. By securing parent involvement in student attendance at an early age will help the family to promote good attendance throughout a student’s school career.

Reference: McConnell, B. M., & Kubina, R. M. (2014). Connecting With Families to Improve Students’ School Attendance: A Review of the Literature. Preventing School Failure, 58(4), 249-256. doi:10.1080/1045988X.2013.821649

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good