District tracking chronic absences

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 9:52am
Attendance Matters

Missing 2-3 days per month impacts student success

No surprise here, but missing school impacts students’ academic success. Research shows that missing as little as 2-3 days per month, both excused and unexcused, can translate into third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school.

To better understand how missing school affects student performance, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Student Engagement Initiatives and the Office of Intervention Services are tracking excused and unexcused missed days, as well as suspension days. In the past, only unexcused student absences were tracked (truancy) in school districts, which gave a false understanding of how absences affected student success. A student is chronically absent when he or she misses 10 percent of schooling throughout the year – around 2 days per month.

To learn more about what Adams 12 Five Star Schools is doing to support students who are chronically absent and to learn about what you can do as a parent to help, visit www.adams12.org/attendance