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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)

Does good attendance equal good grades?

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Studies of classroom attendance patterns in undergraduate students have shown that attendance and performance go hand in hand — attending class is the key to reaping the rewards of academic achievement. However, many of these studies were completed before the advent of the internet and the explosion of online learning. Researchers will discuss the changing nature of medical student engagement in the physical classroom and effective teaching approaches today at the American Physiological Society (APS) Institute on Teaching and Learning in Madison, Wis.” (more)

Boosting Attendance In Preschool Can Start With A Knock On The Door

NPR – Elissa Nadworny

“There’s a lot attention right now on improving attendance in schools — making sure kids don’t miss too many days. But what about the littlest students — those 3 and 4 years old? New research shows that if kids miss a lot of preschool, they’re way more likely to have problems in kindergarten or later on.”(more)

Majority of American Parents Unaware of How Harmful Monthly School Absences Can Be

Education World – Staff Writer

“September is the first full month of school for most schools, and for that reason it’s also Attendance Awareness Month; throughout the month, advocates work to remind parents and mentors how important student attendance is for their respective achievement. While most parents understand how important attendance is, a new survey from the Ad Council has revealed they misunderstand how quickly absences add up.”(more)

Getting America’s Missing Students Back to Class

Bloomberg – Editorial Board

“U.S. schools have made great strides over the last two decades in improving student performance and behavior. In-school crime is down, as is fear for personal safety, while graduation and college enrollment rates are up. One malignancy, however, has stubbornly resisted treatment: chronic absenteeism. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education, 13 percent of all students — more than 6 million in total — missed at least 15 days of school in 2013-14. The repercussions of so many missed days are clear. Children chronically absent in the first years of elementary school are much less likely to read at grade level by age 9, which in turn makes them four times as likely to drop out of high school…Having accurate nationwide data on the scope of the problem is big step forward. The hard job of improving attendance, however, falls to states and localities. There are encouraging signs, though no one should underestimate the difficulty.”(more)

New Data Show Chronic Absenteeism is Widespread and Prevalent Among All Student Groups

Ed.gov – Press Release

“A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Education shows that chronic absenteeism impacts students in all parts of the country and is prevalent among all races, as well as students with disabilities. The first-ever national comprehensive data collected on chronic absenteeism reveal that more than 6 million students—or 13 percent of all students—missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year. The data paint a striking picture of how many students miss three weeks or more of school each year…”Chronic absenteeism is a national problem,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “Frequent absences from school can be devastating to a child’s education. Missing school leads to low academic achievement and triggers drop outs. Millions of young people are missing opportunities in postsecondary education, good careers and a chance to experience the American dream.””(more)