Every School Day Counts: The Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data
NCES 2009-804
February 2009

Chapter 3: Common Challenges to Collecting Attendance Code Data and Effective Practices

Districts will face challenges in achieving
high-quality attendance data...

The taxonomy presented in chapter 2 demonstrates how student attendance data can be categorized and standardized to improve data quality, interventions and policies, and nationwide comparability. Yet, several procedural and technological challenges still jeopardize the accuracy, utility, and comparability of attendance data. This chapter will explore these challenges and suggest practices for addressing them based on state and district experience.