Starting as early as preschool, attendance makes a difference in school success and by middle school, chronic absence is a leading indicator of dropout. 

All of us can make a difference by helping students and families feel engaged in learning, setting the expectation that school attendance matters, and by working together to identify barriers and help families overcome them.

What can you do? Click on the icons below for tailored tips, handouts and resources.

Attendance Works created this video to explain the problem of chronic absence and its impact on student achievement at every grade level and to offer solutions that engage families, schools and communities in challenging the barriers that keep kids from attending school.

Why do kids in Anchorage miss school? Why do they attend? What makes the difference and how are teachers, mentors, family members and other caring adults helping to encourage and inspire our youth to get to school, every day?

Student Design Contest

90% by 2020 held a contest for 7-12th grade students in the spring of 2015 to come up with a design that would encourage students to show up every day and stay in school. 

This winning concept was created by Enrique Rodriguez, an 8th grader at Mears Middle School whose Photoshop teacher created a class project around the contest.