What's the Big Deal About Attendance

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. attendees will learn examples of early warning systems to track chronic absenteeism as it fits into a comprehensive role outlined by the current 2020 NASP Practice Model.
  2. attendees will learn a set of tiered proactive strategies they can implement in their schools to reduce chronic absenteeism.
  3. attendees will learn the results of a study of general education teachers’ perceptions on how chronic absenteeism and tardiness influence their referrals and subsequent evaluations for SLD.
  4. attendees will learn general education teachers’ perspectives on making special education referrals for chronically absent students.
  5. attendees will learn about the pervasive, long-lasting impacts of chronic absenteeism in the early grades on reading ability, math ability, and graduation rates.


What impact does loss of instructional time due to chronic absenteeism have on SLD referrals? We will provide results of a study that shows how chronic school attendance and tardies in the early grades impact teachers’ SLD referral rates. Participants will learn how chronic absenteeism can serve as an early warning sign for students’ early school failure and will be provided examples of proactive interventions to reduce chronic absenteeism.



Ashley E. Pitcher, Appalachian State University
James R. Deni, Appalachian State University
Allison D. Sams, Appalachian State University
John S. Marion, Appalachian State University


Faith D. Dearman, Kerrin Harvan


Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!