Chronic absence is defined as missing 10% or more of the school year (i.e., 18 days or more). Students who are absent from school miss critical opportunities to learn and develop positive relationships within the school community, and are at risk of disengagement from school, academic failure, and dropping out.
In Rhode Island, during the 2015-2016 school year, 11% of students in
kindergarten through third grade
were chronically absent, while 15% of
middle school students
and 26% of
high school students
were chronically absent. From the 2014-2015 school year to the 2015-2016 school year, Rhode Island saw a reduction in chronic absence rates in the early grades: 18% to 14% for kindergarten students, 14% to 11% for first graders, 12% to 10% for second graders, and 11% to 10% for third graders.
Committed leaders across Rhode Island are collaborating to track this issue and to implement strategies to increase attendance. We're glad to work in close partnership with Rhode Island Department of Education, school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and community partners to reduce chronic absence!
Attendance Awareness Month
is a nationwide recognition of the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. Everybody plays a role in ensuring children attend school regularly -
for suggestions on how to improve attendance and reduce chronic absence! You can also follow & join the conversation on social media all month long by using the hashtag #SchoolEveryDay - and see some
great resources here
Important New National Report on Chronic Absence