Nationally, students who miss 10% or more days in early grades score lower than their peers in third-grade reading tests.
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WHAT THE DATA SAYS

Chronic absenteeism is defned as missing 10% of school days–18 days in a school year or an average of two days per month. It is an early warning indicator for both low achievement and dropping out of high school. Nationally, students who miss 10% or more days in early grades score lower than their peers in third-grade reading tests. By ninth grade, absenteeism is a better predictor of dropping out than eighth grade test scores.

ACTION TOWARD CHANGE

To better understand the prevalence of chronic absenteeism, ImpactTulsa is analyzing a target dataset. We are exploring correlations and relationships between student characteristics and chronic absenteeism as well as predictive factors. Preliminary findings suggest a) a relationship between low kindergarten attendance and later chronic absenteeism, b) a school-level correlation between chronic absenteeism and performance in reading and math, and c) gender patterns in middle and high school—males have higher chronic absenteeism in middle school and females in high school.

 

The analysis is helping ImpactTulsa and partners launch an attendance campaign aimed at changing the culture of attendance. The data is allowing us to target student populations with chronic absenteeism and support teachers and districts with resources they need to influence change directly with students.

MAKING AN IMPACT

ImpactTulsa is exploring correlations and relationships between student characteristics and chronic absenteeism. We’re launching an awareness campaign in March 2018 to increase attendance.

 

Regular attendance lies at the core of success for students and schools. Research shows that absenteeism is an early warning indicator for both low achievement and dropping out. ImpactTulsa has found that kindergarten attendance affects later school engagement and attendance. When children are consistently present in the classroom, they are a part of a greater learning community that ensures their success. By prioritizing school attendance, parents can ensure that their children are academically successful, socially developed, and community minded.