Strong attendance is critical for children to succeed!
Children who aren’t in school on time, every day fall behind. National and local data show that a student’s attendance, starting in Preschool and through the elementary grades, directly correlates with the student’s academic success. Specifically, students who chronically miss school in kindergarten score lower on 3rd-grade reading and math assessments than students who attend school regularly.
What is chronic absenteeism?
Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% of the school year – 18 days or more in a 180-day school year. Even if absences are excused, even if they aren’t consecutive, missing school can lower a child’s academic achievement. Being out just two days every month throughout the year can add up to 18 days – leading a child to fall behind. It’s easy to underestimate how much school a child is missing if the days are intermittent.
Findings from local data:
1 in 5
1 in 5 Kindergartners miss
too much school.
18 or more days
Students who miss 18 or more days in the K-3 years score 7-10 points lower on 3rd-grade reading and math assessments than those who attend regularly.
Students who come to kindergarten behind are more likely to be
Know your data – Form a team to review and analyze student-level data on a monthly basis. Immediately reach out to families whose children are missing too many days.
Use positive attendance messages – Clearly and continuously stress the importance of regular and on-time attendance. Consider participating in National Attendance Awareness Month in September.
Get others to join the cause – Communicate data to teachers, families, and afterschool providers, and educate them about how to encourage good attendance.
Share responsibility and accountability – Recognize that everyone can help create a culture of good attendance. Look to afterschool providers, libraries, city offices, businesses, and community volunteers to promote the importance of attendance, provide incentives, and monitor progress.