Why Attendance Matters: The Facts
Why is Chronic Absence a Concern?
- Research proves that students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are far less likely to read proficiently by third grade.
- For every day of school missed, it takes three days to make up what was taught.
- By the sixth grade, if a student continues to be chronically absent, it is a leading indicator of whether he or she will drop out of high school.
- In the ninth grade, chronic absences are a better indicator than test scores of a student’s likelihood to graduate from high school.
- Health concerns, particularly asthma and dental problems, are among the leading reason students miss school in the early grades.
Did You Know?
- Kindergarten and first-grade classes often have absenteeism rates as high as those in high school. Many of these absences are excused, but still add up to lost time in the classroom.
- Two out of ten students in kindergarten and first grade are chronically absent. In some schools, it’s as high as one in four.
- Two in ten low-income students miss too much school. They are also more likely to suffer academically.
- Four in ten transient children miss too much school when families move too much.
- Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes on average $1 million more than a dropout over a lifetime.
- A student who misses 10 days or more during a school year is 20 percent less likely to gradate from high school and 25 percent less likely to ever enroll in college.
- Chronic absence can affect a student’s ability to earn a living. Dropouts are less likely to succeed in a career, and even those who do graduate will not do well at work without good attendance habits.
- Nearly 80 percent of people in prison lack a high school diploma.
- Skipping school may sound fun, but doing so can have serious consequences including jail time, fines or even the loss of a driver’s license.
Oxford School District Compulsory School Attendance Policy
All students must attend 63 percent of the school day to be considered present. Click here to read this policy and how it impacts your child.
Source: Attendance Works
Attendance Matters™ is used with permission by United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties.