Attendance Counts

  • 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