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January 09, 2019

Absenteeism, Teacher Stress, and School Safety: School Climate Factors to Watch in 2019

Students' ability to engage and succeed in the classroom is influenced by how safe, supported, and connected they feel at school. Here are some trends and policy changes that may affect school climate in 2019.

January 09, 2019

How Bad Data From One District Skewed National Rankings on Chronic Absenteeism

Flawed attendance data from one Maryland school district skewed an entire national analysis, showing the difficulty of collecting and reporting data. The correction comes as absenteeism data take on new weight under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

December 05, 2017

Here's What Happened When a District Changed Its Policy on Suspensions

A case study explores a policy change designed to reduce suspension rates in Philadelphia schools through the lens of the larger debate on school discipline.

September 01, 2017

Chronic Absenteeism: These Schools Struggle With a Big, Often Hidden, Problem

Chronic absenteeism is a problem that sometimes goes unrecognized, a new report says. At high levels, it can affect learning for everyone, even students who consistently show up to school.

August 28, 2017

Americans Want Schools to Help Poor Students With Things Like Health Care, Poll Finds

Schools should provide services like after-school programs, mental health supports, and health services for students who don't have access to them elsewhere, a majority of respondents to a national poll said.

August 09, 2017

Teachers Spend Hundreds of Dollars to Help Feed Students Who Are Hungry

A majority of teachers spend their own money to help ensure students have enough to eat, spending an average of $300 a year, according to a new survey.

June 30, 2017

Bullying's Hidden Cost: Schools Lose Millions of Dollars When Kids Stay Home

When bullied children stay home to avoid hurtful relationships, schools lose tens of millions of dollars each year, a new study says.

December 06, 2016

PISA Provides Peek at How Attendance, School Climate May Affect Achievement

The newest results on the international PISA test show how factors like attendance and school climate correlate with academic achievement.

October 28, 2016

Chronic Absenteeism a Strong Choice for ESSA's 'Other Indicator,' Report Argues

ESSA calls for states to adopt another indicator for school accountability, in addition to students' academic achievement in math and language arts. Chronic absenteeism may be a good fit, finds a new policy analysis.

September 06, 2016

Which School Districts Struggle Most With Chronically Absent Students?

Half of all chronically absent students live in 4 percent of the nation's school districts, a new analysis of federal civil rights data show.

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