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To understand absenteeism, take a closer look at data

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“To better understand why some students are chronically absent, school leaders need to look beyond just the number of days students are missing, John Rice, the deputy director of San Francisco-based research center WestEd’s Regional Educational Laboratory West, explains in an article for R&D Alert.” (more)

K12 attendance in action

District Administration – Deborah Yaffe

“Years ago, it was easy for districts to ignore what high average daily-attendance numbers can conceal: kids, sometimes lots of them, who miss weeks of school every year. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act has changed that calculus. For the first time, the law requires states to report chronic-absenteeism rates, and more than two-thirds of the states use those rates as indicators of school success in federally mandated accountability plans.” (more)

Nudging Students and Families to Better Attendance

Education Next – Phyllis W. Jordan

“As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss too much school. Recognizing this, 36 states and the District of Columbia have begun holding schools accountable for chronic student absenteeism under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” (more)

Chronic absenteeism pervasive in California and nationwide, report shows

Ed Source – David Washburn

“Nearly 8 million students nationwide were chronically absent during the 2015-16 school year, with California accounting for more than 760,000 of those children, according to a report released last week representing the most comprehensive analysis to date of chronic absenteeism in the nation’s schools.” (more)

With Nearly 8 Million Students Chronically Absent From School Each Year, 36 States Set Out to Tackle the Problem in New Federal Education Plans. Will It Make a Difference?

The 74 Million – Taylor Swaak

“So-called “chronic absenteeism” has festered into what the U.S. Department of Education has branded a national crisis. Nearly 8 million K-12 students missed 15 or more days of school in 2015-16 — a marked increase from the 6.8 million estimated in 2013-14, when the federal Office for Civil Rights began tracking the data. It’s not a short-term problem, either: Various research links chronic absences with poor academic performance, delayed graduation, and higher dropout rates.” (more)