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Attendance: Seat time becomes an Indicator

09/01/2018

Summary

Chronic absenteeism (defined as missing 15 or more school days a year) is a growing problem in the United States. Absenteeism is linked to poor educational outcomes for students and to increased drop-out rates. To combat this issue, states are shining a light on attendance. Under ESSA, at least 36 states have included chronic absenteeism as an indicator in their federal accountability plans.

This emphasis on absenteeism has led to a need for better tracking of students’ attendance records and better dialogue with families to improve poor attendance.

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Chronic absenteeism is a signpost of future educational hazards. When schools can track and increase attendance, education achievement and outcomes improve. Family engagement is an important part of this shift. When speaking to partner schools, recognize the burden of absenteeism to the school and listen to understand how parent involvement might be part of the solution.

Read about the current state of absenteeism in this article and learn which 36 states have included chronic absenteeism as an indicator in accountability plans : https://www.the74million.org/article/chronic-absenteeism-36-states-essa-plans/?utm_source=The+74+Million+Newsletter&utm_campaign=83c6d920e3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_13_11_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_077b986842-83c6d920e3-176107497