Rhode Island Reads: The Campaign for 3rd Grade Reading - Attendance Matters
Children fall behind and struggle to catch up when they aren't in school, even in the early years. Students who are chronically absent (miss more than 18 days or 10% of a school year) in grades K-3 miss opportunities to learn and develop the important academic and social-emotional skills that are critical for school success. Attendance in high-quality early learning programs is also important for long-term success.
hronic absenteeism can affect the success for all students in a class, not just those who are absent, because teachers may have to backtrack or slow the learning pace to review lessons for students who have missed school.