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Technical Assistance Papers (TAPs)
Compulsory School Attendance: Update (DPS: 2015-40) (March 4, 2016)
Implementation of Attendance Requirements for Minors to Maintain Their Driving Privilege (FY 2007-06) (January 2007)
Staff Presentations
Improving Student Attendance was shared at the Florida Organzation of Instructional Leaders (FOIL) conference in May 2017, and includes information defining "chronic absence" and the impact of chronic absence on students in elementary and secondary levels, best practices across the nation and in Florida school districts, building capacity for systemic impact, and resources for districts.
Other Resources
Attendance Works — This website provides information and intervention strategies to address chronic absenteeism at the community, district, and school levels.
Frequently Asked Questions Related to Attendance and Enrollment provides answers from the Florida Department of Education.
How to Text Message Parents to Reduce Chronic Absence Using an Evidence-Based Approach PDF, How to Text Message Parents to Reduce Chronic Absence Using an Evidence-Based Approach — This document from the Institute of Education Science (IES), US Department of education provides guidance on findings and lessons learned from IES’s successful study, “Can Texting Parents Improve Attendance in Elementary School? A Test of an Adaptive Messaging Strategy.”
International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention — This organization's mission is to create a partnership which facilitates the dissemination of information, emerging practices, and research designed to support learning and increase high school graduation rates.
The National Center for School Engagement was established based on over a decade of educational research conducted by Colorado Foundation for Families and Children. The center has generated many resources about school attendance, attachment, and achievement.
National Dropout Prevention Centers (the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities) provide knowledge and promote networking for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families to increase opportunities for youth in at-risk situations to receive the quality education and services necessary to successfully graduate from high school.
National Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program — Drawing on the expertise and resources of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, this website offers a range of truancy-related information to educators, law enforcement agencies, court personnel, and the general public.
Reasons for Chronic Absenteeism Among Florida Secondary Students, Summary Report PDF, Reasons for Chronic Absenteeism Among Florida Secondary Students, Summary Report — This report from Florida's Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project presents information on the results of the Reasons for Chronic Absenteeism Survey for secondary students. The data were collected directly from 4,772 chronically absent 6th-12th grade Florida students from October through December 2016. Participants were selected based upon having missed 10% or more of instructional days during the 2015/2016 school year.
Reduce Absences in Early Grades with Personalized Postcards PDF, Reduce Absences in Early Grades with Personalized Postcards — This document from the Proving Grounds "How-To" series, shares findings from a piloted postcard intervention targeted at reaching parents of early-grade students during the 2018–19 school year. The purpose of these postcards was to reduce absenteeism by addressing parental misconceptions about the cumulative number of student absences and the academic content missed in prekindergarten through second grade.