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White House Releases Fact Sheet on Chronic Absenteeism

The White House released a fact sheet following a summit this week highlighting ways for State and local leaders to reduce chronic absenteeism.  The fact sheet highlights action the U.S. Department of Education has already taken, as well as planned initiatives.


The Biden administration is urging States and school districts to collect and use data on school attendance and plans to incorporate attendance data into existing federal reporting and surveys, such as through the National Center for Education Statistics School Pulse Panel.  In addition, the fact sheet highlights existing and new resources from ED and the Institute of Education Sciences to support States and school districts in using data to address attendance issues.  The fact sheet also announces two new resources addressing absenteeism, including a fact sheet on “Bolstering Student Attendance, Engagement, and Success Through Career-Connected Learning” and a yet-to-be-released resource on transportation to improve student attendance, which is often a barrier.


The administration also emphasizes federal funding opportunities to address attendance, including an Education Innovation and Research grant that is currently accepting applications and will provide funding “to create, develop, implement, and replicate evidence-based solutions that accelerate student achievement, including those designed to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student engagement.”  ED will also open application periods for two other federal grants that can support chronic absenteeism reduction efforts soon – the Stronger Connections Technical Assistance and Capacity Building grant and the Promise Neighborhoods grant. 


The administration’s fact sheet, which provides access to a number of resources, is available here.

About the Author

Kelly Christiansen is an associate with the Washington, DC law firm of The Bruman Group, PLLC. Established in 1980, the Firm is nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice, providing legal advice regarding compliance with all major federal education programs as well as the federal grants management requirements, including the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, they work with agencies on federal spending flexibility, allowability, policies and procedures, audit defense and resolution and legislative updates. The Firm provides government relations services for the National Association of State Program Administrators (NAESPA).