Cabinet Report

(Calif.) Everyone knows the best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing and flossing every day. But not everyone – especially within the education community – recognizes the growing body of research that shows the best way to improve student outcomes is by ensuring class attendance – every single day.

“People say they know that attendance is important but you’ll also hear them say that it doesn’t matter if a student misses school now and then,” said Elaine Allensworth, director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. “But what we’ve found is that even small number of absences can make a big difference later in student outcomes.”