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New Research Shows Proactive, Positive Attendance Management Strategies Triple Improvement Rates for Chronically Absent K-12 Students

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By SchoolStatus 3 min

SchoolStatus’ new report analyzes data and trends from nearly one million students over three years

RIDGELAND, Miss., June 18, 2024 – SchoolStatus, a leader in K-12 data-driven solutions that empower student success, today released its National K-12 Attendance Data Trends report that examines the attendance trends of nearly one million K-12 students. These districts implemented proactive, positive attendance management strategies and tools over three consecutive school years (2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-2024).

This analysis examines chronic absenteeism rates and attendance rates across district size, grade levels, and student ethnicities and compares the SchoolStatus dataset to publically reported national attendance data. The findings show that districts implementing proactive, consistent attendance interventions saw a 22% improvement in chronic absenteeism rates from 2021-22 to 2022-23 versus only 7% improvement nationally over that same timeframe.

Key highlights of the SchoolStatus report include: 

High School Students and Larger Districts Show High Chronic Absenteeism Rates

  • In 2023-24, chronic absenteeism rates were highest among high school students at 27.74% for 9th graders, escalating to 31.84% of 12th graders 
  • Chronic absenteeism was lowest in the early elementary grades, with a rate of 26% in kindergarten, and dropping to 16.5% by 3rd grade 
  • Smaller districts (3,500> students) improved chronic absenteeism rates by 36.39% between the 2021-22 to 2023-24 school years 
  • Large districts (20,000+ students) show just 19.63% improvement for the same time period

Chronic Absenteeism Continues to Impact Historically Marginalized Students 

  • In 2023-24, students identifying as Black (30.1%), Hispanic/Latinx (25.72%), Native American (32.84%), and Pacific Islander (32.47%) had chronic absenteeism rates of 25% or higher
  • Asian students had the lowest chronic absenteeism rate at 10.49%; while white students had a chronic absenteeism rate of 18.36%
  • Hispanic students’ chronic absenteeism rate improved by 16.7%, double the 7% national improvement rate

provides districts with a comprehensive, equity-based attendance approach emphasizing universal prevention and engagement, early warning systems, targeted outreach, and intensive support and service coordination, rather than traditional punitive methods. Districts that use the SchoolStatus Attend product see significant improvement over the national average every year.

“Attendance is critical across all grade levels and we’re continuing to see alarming rates of chronic absenteeism in U.S. schools year over year,” said Russ Davis, Founder and CEO of SchoolStatus. “Many districts use outdated techniques that focus on punishment rather than positive reinforcement. We have seen time and time again why those methods don’t work. By connecting with families to understand why their student is missing school and creating an encouraging school environment with open communication, we can get students back into the classroom.”

Full findings are available in the National K-12 Attendance Data Trends report. Downloadable templates and recommendations for improving attendance in your district are available in How to Start Reversing Chronic Absenteeism in Your District, a free attendance guide.

About SchoolStatus
SchoolStatus provides a comprehensive suite of communication and attendance solutions that enhance educator-to-family connectedness and support student success. Instant insight into student information and district attendance trends gives educators and administrators full visibility into all levels of the education ecosystem. Data-informed, multi-touch communications include calling, texting, video, and print materials centered around proactive intervention that improves student outcomes and family engagement. With millions of successful school-home interactions, SchoolStatus is improving student achievement by facilitating meaningful engagement between educators, districts, and families across the U.S. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Sydney Stressman
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SchoolStatus is a unified K-12 platform that enables districts and schools to engage more families and improve attendance with our easy-to-use communications hub and data-driven attendance solutions. We support an integrated and impactful educational experience, from district leadership to families at home. With more than two hundred million successful school-home interactions, and millions of users, SchoolStatus drives meaningful results for districts and schools across the US.
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