Key Questions

1. How is attendance related to student achievement among Chicago students?

2. How has the UChicago Charter school worked to reduce absenteeism in its campuses?


Incisive research from the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute on the prevalence and consequences of absenteeism in Chicago schools has highlighted the dramatic effects of even moderate amounts of absences on grades, graduation rates, and student success in college. These insights spurred not only an ambitious 98 percent attendance goal for the university’s four charter school campuses but also a deeper collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Data-driven integration of research and practice is informing both the schools’ strategies and the researchers’ studies—and the early result is a steady uptick in student attendance.

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in Phi Delta Kappan, 98(2), October 2016 by Phi Delta Kappa International. All rights reserved. © 2016