SES Star Attendance
Encouraging Students to Attend School Everyday!
Our Star Attendance Award for the Month of January goes to Ms. Martin's Class!
Why Attendance & Chronic Absence Matters
It's a big problem:
Nationally, an estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students are chronically absent each year, eroding student performance as early as kindergarten. That’s at least one in 10 students. In some communities, one in four students is missing that much school. These absences have consequences, research shows. By third grade, chronically absent students are less likely to read on grade level. By sixth grade, chronic absence becomes an early warning sign that a student may drop out of high school. By ninth grade, it’s a better indicator than eighth-grade test scores. Children with certain risk factors—including poverty, homelessness, frequent moves and chronic illness—are especially hard hit since they can least afford to miss school. •Chronic absence is often higher among children with disabilities. This requires examining the nature of the disability and how well the educational needs of these children are being met. In school districts where state aid is determined by average daily attendance, chronic absence costs schools millions of dollars each year.