Attendance Matters

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Did you know?


  • Missing two or more days a month due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school.
  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

What the Data Says

  • Chronic absenteeism: missing 10% of school days-18 days in a school year or an average of two days per month.
  • 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.
Oklahoma Chronic Absentee Rate: 11.7%*

Be Here to Get There

To better understand the prevalence of chronic absenteeism, ImpactTulsa is analyzing a target dataset. The analysis is helping ImpactTulsa and partners launch an attendance campaign aimed at changing the culture of 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.

Parent’s Handouts

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attendance with the following handouts:

Why does attendance matter?

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