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Why Attendance Matters: The Facts
Gilbert J Mircovich Elementary
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Why Attendance Matters: The Facts


Why is Chronic Absence a Concern?

  • Research proves that students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are far less likely to read proficiently by third grade.
  • For every day of school missed, it takes three days to make up what was taught.
  • By the sixth grade, if a student continues to be chronically absent, it is a leading indicator of whether he or she will drop out of high school.
  • In the ninth grade, chronic absences are a better indicator than test scores of a student’s likelihood to graduate from high school.

Health concerns, particularly asthma and dental problems, are among the leading reason students miss school in the early grades   


Did You Know?

  • Kindergarten and first-grade classes often have absenteeism rates as high as those in high school. Many of these absences are excused, but still add up to lost time in the classroom.
  • Two out of ten students in kindergarten and first grade are chronically absent. In some schools, it’s as high as one in four.
  • Two in ten low-income students miss too much school. They are also more likely to suffer academically.
  • Four in ten transient children miss too much school when families move too much.
  • Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes on average $1 million more than a dropout over a lifetime.
  • A student who misses 10 days or more during a school year is 20 percent less likely to graduate from high school and 25 percent less likely to ever enroll in college.
  • Chronic absence can affect a student’s ability to earn a living. Dropouts are less likely to succeed in a career, and even those who do graduate will not do well at work without good attendance habits.
  • Nearly 80 percent of people in prison lack a high school diploma.