In my classroom, a student has the responsibility of "bounty hunter" (this is just a cool name for the person who takes attendance). As soon as they come in, they grab a clipboard off a hook by my desk. These attendance rosters, one for each class period, are on the clipboard, and the bounty hunter marks an A next to any absent students' names. They return it to the hook, and I input the attendance into my computer when I get a minute. I created this system my first year and use this same document when adding my new students each year. Things I love about these rosters:
--You can include a number next to each student's name, if you use class numbers.
--I only have to print new rosters when new students are added. The rosters are set up for a week of attendance, so I keep them inside page protectors, mark on them with a Vis-a-Vis marker, and at the end of Friday I erase that week's info and re-use it next week.
--Because the whole week is on one page, it's easy to see the week's attendance at a glance ("Were you absent Tuesday or Wednesday, Mary Ann?").
--The header title instructs the attendance-taker on how to take attendance.
--They are completely editable!