The evidence behind strategies to reduce absenteeism

Phyllis Jordan at FutureEd, a US think-tank, recently wrote Attendance playbook: Smart solutions for reducing chronic absenteeism, a report outlining strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism and the evidence behind each suggested strategy. The strategies are presented by Tier I, II, and III intervention levels as follows:

  • Tier I
    • Effective messaging and engagement (eg, nudging parents and pupils)
    • Removing barriers to attendance (eg, school-based health services)
    • Improving school climate (eg, relevant – and culturally relevant – curriculum)
  • Tier II
    • Effective messaging and engagement (eg, early warning)
    • Removing barriers to attendance (eg, addressing asthma)
  • Tier III
    • Including truancy courts, interagency case management and housing

Each strategy described is followed by a list of the evidence supporting it, ranked by US’s ESSA evidence strength (strong, moderate, promising, emerging), with a link to each report. Short descriptions of schools and districts using the strategies are also included.

Source: Attendance playbook: Smart solutions for reducing chronic absenteeism (July 2019), FutureEd