The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families' new report details chronic absence data in the state – and some strategies to address the issue. It's accompanied by a new online toolkit to help principals develop a comprehensive plan to reduce chronic absence in their schools.

The report includes an analysis by AACF of data from the Arkansas Department of Education showing a number of insights including:

* Over 13 percent of kindergarten and first grade students miss a month or more of school.

* One-quarter of chronically absent students were concentrated in just ten percent of the state’s 522 elementary schools in 2014-15.

Make Every Day Count: Reducing Chronic Absence in Arkansas Schools outlines tiered interventions that have been used by bright spot schools to make every day count. You can download the report

A new online toolkitLeading Attendance in Arkansas: How principals can help students succeed by reducing chronic absence, outlines five strategies:

1. Cultivate a School-Wide Culture of Attendance

2. Use Data to Determine Need for Additional Support

3. Take a Team Approach and Develop Staff Capacity

4. Tap All Available Resources to Improve Attendance

5. Advocate for Resources and Improved Policy

These two new resources support AR-GLR’s Make Every Day Count initiative, a partnership with Attendance Works.

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