Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism

"Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities”

What is this study about?

The study examined the impact of the strategies developed by an interagency task force in New York City to combat chronic absenteeism in public schools. The strategies involved efforts both inside and outside of schools and aimed to improve coordination between city agencies and schools, offered a mentoring program for students (Success Mentors), and used data to identify and monitor chronically absent students, as well as students at risk of being chronically absent.
Researchers assessed the impacts of the strategies after each year of participation in the interventions. Researchers also assessed the impact of the strategies among students who were eligible for free and reduced-price lunch and students who were in temporary shelters. In addition, the study included an analysis of Success Mentors that compared students who participated in the Success Mentors program to students who did not.

What did the study find?

None of the analyses presented in this study meet WWC standards, and therefore, the study findings are not presented in this WWC report.


Balfanz, R., & Byrnes, V. (2013). Meeting the challenge of combating chronic absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on chronic absenteeism and school attendance and its implications for other cities. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

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