Improve student attendance and educational outcomes for all students in K-12 schools.

Our Work

The Attendance Institute is a nonprofit organization with the core objective to substantially improve student attendance and, ultimately, achievement.

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All efforts are focused on educating students, families, communities and the general public about the indisputable link between school attendance and educational success.

The message is simple: Based on more than 20 years of research and data, the proven conclusion is that going to school on time every day dramatically improves short-term and long-term educational success. Yes, attendance really does matter.

Curriculum and educational programs are based on the assumption that the student is in class. We know improvements in school attendance will maximize lifelong opportunities and future career options for students.

As a nonprofit organization, we serve as an ambassador between civic-minded corporations and private foundations, identifying school districts with attendance challenges, to help implement innovative and time-tested solutions.

We work to create districtwide cultures where all students have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

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What factors affect student achievement?


Not what you might think….


There is a direct correlation between student attendance and student achievement. Poor attendance is linked to poor academic achievement. (Jones 2006)

There is a positive correlation between achievement and attendance. (Saiduddine 2003)

Improved rates of class attendance is associated with improved academic performance.(Moore 2005)

The positive impact of good school attendance on academic achievement might be greater than people have historically thought. (Roby 2004)

School attendance is necessary for the development of a student’s reading ability. (Easton & Engelhard Jr. 1982)

There is a strong negative correlation between absences and final grades. “Students who want to succeed academically should attend class and teachers should encourage attendance.” (Gump 2005)

There is a positive correlation between exam performance and attendance. (Marburger 2006)

Small improvements in attendance are associated with large improvements in later outcomes. (Allensworth & Easton 2007)


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