Student attendance

School attendance is critical to students' short- and long-term success in school and in life. Yet, more than half of the students in Detroit miss 18 days or more during the school year. As part of the Detroit Education Research Partnership, WSU researchers collaborate with the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Every School Day Counts Detroit coalition to study the factors that contribute to student absenteeism in Detroit, inform changes in policy and practice, and evaluate improvement through a continuous learning framework. We are in the midst of a long-term mixed-methods study of the district's approach to addressing chronic absenteeism. Our public reports aim to provide essential information about which students miss school most, what school and neighborhood characteristics may be related to absenteeism, and how educators may be able to use data to identify patterns in absence earlier and help remove barriers to attendance for their students.

Major Findings Include:

  • More than half of students who attended school in Detroit were chronically absent, missing 10% or more of the school year. 
  • Controlling for individual student characteristics, students were more likely to be chronically absent if they attended a school with high rates of student mobility, were new to the school, commuted further to get to school, and when they lived in neighborhoods with higher asthma rates.

Check Out Our Research on Student Attendance in Detroit

Chronic Absenteeism and Student Attendance, Report 1 Chronic Absenteeism and Student Attendance, Report 1
Geography, School Type, and High Student Attendance in Detroit Geography, School Type, and High Student Attendance in Detroit
Detroit's Uniquely Challenging Contex for Student Attendance photo Detroit's Uniquely Challenging Context for Student Attendance
Attendance Throughout The Seasons in the Detroit Pubic Schools Community District Attendance Throughout The Seasons in the Detroit Pubic Schools Community District
Third Grade Reading and Attendance in Detroit Image Third Grade Reading and Attendance in Detroit
Why do Detroit Students Miss School Image Why Do Detroit Students Miss School? Implications For Returning to School After COVID-19

Detroit Education Research Partnership