School attendance is a serious problem all schools face. Students who miss even just a few days of school each month are less likely to read proficiently, fail classes, or drop out of high school (Attendance Works, 2018b). Luckily, educators and other educational stakeholders can help to reduce the rates of absenteeism. It is essential to first identify the source of the problem, or why a child is missing school. Stakeholders should then implement interventions for absenteeism using a multi-tier system of support (MTSS). This literature review defines truancy and chronic absenteeism, identifies barriers which cause students to miss school, and finally offers suggestions for interventions using a multi-tiered systems approach.

Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2020

Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett



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