Attendance Awareness Month
Did you know that missing just 10 percent of the school year in the early grades can leave many students struggling throughout elementary school? Or that by sixth grade, missing only that much school is strongly linked to course failure and even eventually dropping out of high school? That’s just 18 days of the school year— or two to three days per month. Every school day counts, and everyone can make a difference: educators, afterschool programs, mayors, businesses, parents… really, everyone!
School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don’t realize how quickly absences, excused or unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence— missing just 18 days per school year— can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact is the greatest on low-income students who lack the resources to make up for the lost time in the classroom.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, a time for individuals and organizations to learn about attendance issues, absenteeism and the effects attendance can have on academic performance and success.
- Webinar: The Power of Positive Connections: Reducing Chronic Absence Through PEOPLE (Sept. 17, 2014)
- California Reports Finds High Absenteeism Rates for Children of Color, Low-Income (Sept. 12, 2014)
- State School Chiefs Commit to Reducing Absenteeism (Sept. 9, 2014)
- Absences Add Up (Sept. 2, 2014)
- Getting Kids to Class-And to Graduation (Aug. 25, 2014)
- Q&A Corner: Hedy Chang, director at Attendance Works (Aug. 14, 2014)
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Attendance in the News:
- Mobile County Public Schools Offer Incentives for Perfect Attendance (News WKRG.com, Sept. 9)
- Attendance Awareness Month Takes Aim at Student Absences (Washington Post, Sept. 8)
- Attendance Affects Achievement (Education Week, Sept. 2)
- Skipping School Correlates with Low Test Scores (The Atlantic, Sept. 2)
- How to Get Kids to Class: To Keep Poor Students in School, Provide Social Services (New York Times, Aug. 26)
The Attendance Awareness Campaign is organized by six national organizations: America’s Promise Alliance, Attendance Works, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Civic Enterprises, Points of Light Institute and United Way Worldwide and is supported by this growing list of organizations.