Did you know that the overuse of the “unexcused” label for student absences could deepen education inequities and interfere with efforts to improve attendance? In this first Open Door session of the Shifting Mindsets on Chronic Absenteeism series, we hear about the findings of a new report, Examining Disparities in Unexcused Absences Across California Schools, and explore how to use Dataquest to examine disparities and identify bright spots in your district or county.


Hedy Chang, Executive Director, AttendanceWorks
Kevin Gee, Associate Professor, UC Davis
Clea McNeely, Research Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville




Report: Disparities in Unexcused Absences Across California Schools

Showing Up Matters for R.E.A.L.: A Toolkit for Communicating with Students and Families

Q&A from Session