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Attendance - Critical to Student Success

Preventing Missed Opportunity

To clarify the following attendance terms...

  • Average Daily Attendance – The % of enrolled students who attend school each day.  It can be used in some states for allocating funding.
  • Truancy – refers only to unexcused absences. It signals the potential need for legal intervention under state compulsory education laws.
  • Chronic Absence – missing 10% or more of school for any reason – excused, unexcused, etc. It is an indication that a student is academically at risk due to missing too much school starting in Kindergarten. To put this in perspective, chronic absences in a quarter would begin around 4 days.

Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school.  Poor attendance isn’t just a problem for high school.  It can start as early as kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.


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What is the impact of Chronic Absences?






Going to school every day reflects…

  • Hope for a better future
  • Faith that school will help your child succeed
  • Capacity such as resources, skills, and knowledge needed to get to school


  • Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the work place.
  • Absences add up.  Excused and unexcused absences result in too much time lost in the classroom – lost learning opportunities.
  • Chronic absence, missing 10 percent of the school year or more, affects the whole classroom, not just the students who miss school.
  • We need to monitor how many days each student misses school for any reason – excused, unexcused or suspensions – so we can intervene early.
  • Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when the whole community, including parents and schools, gets involved.
  • Reducing chronic absence can help close achievement gaps.

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