Every Day Counts


  • September 18, 2014
  • Grand America Hotel
    Salt Lake City, Utah

Every Day Counts


Policy Forum

Developing Utah Solutions to Increase Attendance and Improve Student Outcomes


Sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education and REL West at WestEd, this forum for education decision-makers and policymakers explored ways to decrease student chronic absence from school to improve their outcomes. Learning from research and practice, participants worked together to develop and recommend effective and supportive attendance policies at the state and local levels.

Event Highlights:

  • Research on how K-12 attendance is related to academic and graduation outcomes for Utah's students
  • Remarks from Utah Interim Superindendent of Public Instruction Joel Coleman
  • Remarks from Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox
  • Keynote address by Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works
  • Lunchtime address by Ralph Smith, Managing Director of The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Panelists representing national, state, and local efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism
  • Opportunities to shape state and local policy

See videos of these speakers and the panel to the left, and transcripts of these sessions to the right.

Planning partners also included Voices for Utah Children, the United Way of Salt Lake, and the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah.

This event built on Every Day Counts, a September 2013 event, and a statewide awareness campaign to reduce school absences.

A selection of research on student attendance in Utah and the nation that was shared at the event includes:

To see photos from the event, tweets and media coverage of the event, and announcements about Attendance Awareness Month and related research on chronic absence, check out the Storify page created by Voices for Utah Children!


For more information, please contact Kenwyn Derby, kderby@wested.org.