MERC Publications

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July 2023


Although chronic absenteeism has been an enduring concern in PK-12 schools, it has doubled since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To explore strategies for addressing this issue, this MERC research and policy brief answers five questions: 1) What are trends in chronic absenteeism pre and post-pandemic?, 2) What factors contribute to chronic absenteeism and which student groups are particularly vulnerable? 3) What are the connections between chronic absenteeism and other student outcomes? 4) What strategies are effective in reducing chronic absenteeism?, and 5) What are policies at the state and school board level intended to help address chronic absenteeism? It concludes with key takeaways and recommendations for addressing chronic absenteeism in the post-pandemic era.

Recommended Citation

Naff, D., Khawaji, F., Meadowes, Dupre, K., Sahin Ilkorkor, Z., Flynn, J., Samuel, J., Tillery, C., & Sheriff, M. (2023) Strategies for addressing chronic absenteeism in the post-pandemic era. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.

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VCU MERC Publications



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