Students who miss 18 or more days in a school year – just 10% – are considered chronically absent, which can hurt their academic achievement and put them at-risk of dropping out.
Students who attend school regularly are more likely than students who are chronically absent to:
- Graduate and go on to college
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Learn to read well by the critical 3rd grade milestone
- Be more engaged in school, feel better about themselves and are less likely to be depressed
- Build good habits for school and life (How many employers will tolerate a worker who misses 10 percent of work days?)
- Break the cycle of poverty