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No Educator Left Behind is a series providing answers from the U.S. Department of Education to questions about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and how it will affect educators. If you have a question about No Child Left Behind, send an e-mail to Ellen Delisio, and we will submit your question to the Department of Education.


Does the No Child Left Behind Act have any provisions regarding attendance?


Children who are chronically absent are at higher risk for falling behind academically or dropping out altogether. Attendance policies are made at the state and local levels. However, there are many things schools can do to encourage better attendance. For instance, the No Child Left Behind Act requires that localities keep detailed records of truancy, and it supports drug and violence prevention activities designed to reduce truancy and improve attendance rates in school.

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