Our community is very focused in this area. Recent efforts have included tracking school attendance, as well as launching a new program called ACT Now! all in hopes of reducing truancy.
This is obviously a national problem and it is good to stay in touch with the issue at that level. Good information can be a critical tool in helping us better shape and execute local initiatives.
A report by Hedy N. Chang titled "Present, Engaged and Accounted For" can be viewed at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_837.html
I know those interested in this subject will benefit from even a cursory review of this material.