K-12 Attendance

Improving Student Attendance and Engagement

Nearly one in four Multnomah County students miss more than 10% of school days. This leads to academic struggles and an increased risk of dropping out. Irregular attendance also signals greater challenges, including housing insecurity, and mental and physical health challenges.

Multnomah County, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Home Forward and other partners have realigned resources to improve attendance. And school teams are sharing practices that any school can use to increase attendance and keep kids and families engaged.


Key Impacts

  • In 2015-16, our partner schools found five core practices that led to improved attendance. Now more schools are learning from what worked – click here for an overview of the five core practices.
  • One month into Highland Elementary School’s attendance challenge, 89% of classrooms maintained or increased the number of students regularly attending school – read more about their progress here.
  • Attendance is a goal shared by a wide set of partners who have realigned investments to ensure that impacts are sustained for the long term.


School Community Sites

Currently, All Hands Raised is working on the ground with the school community sites below. Click here or on the image to learn more about these teams.


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