Attendance is Key
Maintaining good attendance is one of the most important things a student can do to be successful in school.
Attendance is important in all grade levels, from preschool through twelfth grade. Students who attend regularly are much more likely to be at or above grade-level standards. Poor attendance at any grade increases the likelihood of falling behind academically.
All absences (excused and unexcused) have the potential of harming students academically. Students who miss 10 percent (18 days) of the school year are defined as being chronically absent. Students who are chronically absent have greater risk of falling behind one or more grade levels.
A student can be chronically absent by missing two or more days a month. New state laws regarding attendance now require schools to address both excused and unexcused absences.
Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher must slow down learning to help students who were absent catch up.
By sixth grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.