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

  • The number of students consistently attending school at Glenfair Elementary School improved by eight percentage points in 2015-16 compared with the prior year.
  • 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.
  • 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.



To align systems we must focus on specific practices that work; today six schools are putting a core set of interventions to the test and they’re seeing results. The six partner sites that All Hands Raised is working with in the 2016-17 school year are Butler Creek Elementary School, George Middle School, Glenfair Elementary School, Highland Elementary School, Lynch Wood Elementary School and Shaver Elementary School. Click here to learn more about our K-12 attendance partners.


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