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ERIC Number: ED501390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
School Attendance Problems: Are Current Policies & Practices Going in the Right Direction? A Center Policy & Practice Analysis Brief
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
Every student absence jeopardizes the ability of students to succeed at school and schools to achieve their mission. Students who are not at school cannot receive instruction. Schools funded on the basis of average daily attendance have less resources to do the job. Some youngsters who are truant from school engage in behaviors that are illegal. The correlates of school attendance problems go on and on. Reducing school absences is one of the most challenging matters facing schools. In addressing the problem, it is important to begin by exploring two questions: (1) What factors lead to student absences? and (2) How can schools more effectively address the problem? This brief provides a quick overview of issues related to school attendance problems and then frames directions for policy and practice. (Resources and references are included. Four appendixes include: (1) Examples of State and District Policies Related to Attendance; (2) Sampling of Truancy Programs; (3) Sampling of Transition Support Programs; and (4) About School Engagement Research.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Office of Adolescent Health (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A