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A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades - This brief is the first in a series examining the causes and consequences of chronic absenteeism during the early school years. The authors contend that efforts to improve access to and the quality of early care and learning also need to encompass strategies to ensure that children are actually in settings that can start them on successful early learning trajectories. If children are not in school, the odds that they will succeed are lessened. (National Center for Children in Poverty, October 2007)...

Selected Tables from the: 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) PDF - Access SASS table detailing the percentage of schools that had various special requirements for admission other than proof of immunization, age or residence, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003-04. Full report available here. (Gregory A. Strizek, Jayme L. Pittsonberger, Kate E. Riordan, Deanna M. Lyter, Greg F. Orlofsky and Kerry Gruber, National Center for Education Statistics, March 2006)...

A Best Practices Review of Truancy Reduction Efforts - On average, 15,600 students are truant from Wisconsin public schools on any given day. According to this report, school efforts to address truancy are most effective when they include timely action that links the truancy and a resulting negative consequence, early intervention so that truancy does not become a habit and personal contact between parents and school personnel, which enables both to work together on the truancy. (Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau Report, August 2000)...


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