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ERIC Number: ED504716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Every School Day Counts: The Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data. NFES 2009-804
National Forum on Education Statistics
This Forum guide offers best practice suggestions on collecting and using student attendance data to improve performance. It includes a standard set of codes to make attendance data comparable across districts and states. There are real-life examples of how attendance information has been used by school districts. Chapter 1 discusses the objectives of the publication, and explains how the attendance taxonomy was developed. Chapter 2 provides a detailed description of each code in the attendance taxonomy. Chapter 3 discusses common challenges and effective practices related to attendance data, including developing an effective taxonomy; and ensuring needed data accuracy, communication, collaboration, planning, and automation. Chapter 4 shares examples of how states, school districts, and schools are using detailed attendance data to improve student attendance behaviors. The following are appended: (1) Attendance Codes by Reasons for Student Absences; (2) Differences in State Statutes Regarding Reasons for Student Absences; and (3) Recent Publications from the National Forum on Education Statistics. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 6 footnotes.) [A volunteer task force of the National Forum on Education Statistics produced this document.]
National Forum on Education Statistics. 1990 K Street NW Room 9095, Washington, DC 2006. Fax: 202-502-7475; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Forum on Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Michigan; South Dakota
IES Funded: Yes