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Chronic Absence: The Hidden Problem

Most people already  know that school attendance and student performance are linked. Kids can’t learn if they are not in class, which is why school funding is tied to attendance rates.
Yet, here is what most people don’t know—schools are only required to track Average Daily Attendance (ADA) and averages can often be misleading.

In a school of 200 students with 95 percent average daily attendance, 30 percent (or 60) of the students could be missing nearly a month of school (i.e. chronically absent) over the course of the school year.  ADA does not always tell the real attendance story and to truly understand the issue, we need to look deeper. Let's begin by collecting the right data.

Stanislaus READS! is working with 5 pilot schools to track and monitor levels of absence by individual students. In addition to uncovering chronically absent students, we hope to learn more about why children miss school and what factors may limit their attendance. Stay tuned in the coming months to learn more about our findings.

Absenteeism Starts Early1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students misses 10 percent of the school year in excused and unexcused absences. Research shows that chronically absent students in kindergarten and first grade will lag behind classmates in reading by third grade.

Children who don’t show up for school regularly miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance.”
Click on the video to find out more on the importance of children going to #schooleveryday
Want to help promote good attendance at your school or place of work? The Stanislaus County Office of Education recently designed these posters and banners in English and Spanish. To order at a reduced cost, please visit SCOE's online store.

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