Absenteeism and Dropout Prevention


There is a shift in the way we implement student supports. The shift is from risk to resilience that comes from scientific, evidence-based research and data. To support educational leaders in their efforts as resiliency practitioners in the field of education and to achieve the ultimate goal of supporting the health and well-being of the whole student, we offer key components of support in resiliency and school culture. Those concerned with the well-being of the whole student have come to a consensus that schools need to incorporate as part of their structure of goals, curriculum, and instruction systematic effort to promote students' social-emotional competencies and positive character development. A resilient school culture can be a vehicle for the development of success for students.


Ensuring success in school is helping students get into the habit of attending school every day. Improving school attendance improves success in school. If schools are to improve educational achievement, they will need to address chronic absenteeism.

Promising Approaches

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance
National Public Radio (NPR)

Panel Discussion: Every Day Counts: Increasing Attendance to Improve Social Outcomes | Reducing Chronic Absenteeism: Every Day Counts | Reducing Chronic Absence: What Will it Take? | The Hidden Factor of Low Performance

Success Stories
Attendance Works


Attendance Awareness Month 2018 | Resources | Data Tools
Attendance Works

Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism (2015)
United States Department of Education

Research and Data

Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation's Schools | Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 School Year
United States Department of Education

Chronic Elementary Absenteeism: A Problem Hidden in Plain Sight
Education Week

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences
United States Department of Education, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council Partner

Attendance Works

Utah Specific Research

Attendance and the Early Grades: A Two-Generation Issue
Voices for Utah Children

Chronic Absenteeism in Utah
REL West

Utah Data Research Center (UDRC)

Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention is a collective effort of the Utah State Board of Education and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement strategies and practices with key components of interventions to reduce dropout rates. The guide provides support to improve access to educational opportunities for each student and offer a wide range of resources to increase graduation rates.


R277-606: Dropout Prevention and Recovery Program
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53E-3-S401: Powers of State Board of Education, Adoption of Rules, Enforcement, Attorney | Title 53G-9-S802: Dropout Prevention and Recovery, Flexible Enrollment Options, Contracting, Reporting
Utah State Legislature


Strategies and Resources: Dropout Prevention in Utah
Highlights schools and programs in Utah that are implementing interventions consistent with the six recommendations from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide Dropout Prevention

National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC)