Every Student Present sheds light on the issue of chronic absence by describing what it is, explaining how it impacts students and highlighting approaches that schools, families and communities can use to reduce chronic absence.
When students miss too many days of school they also miss instruction and fall behind in school. Each year, approximately one in ten students miss 10 percent or more school days. In some cases, in kindergarten and first grade, as many as 4 in 10 students will miss about a month of school, jeopardizing their academic foundation and future success.
The reduction of chronic absence is an essential part of successful school improvement. Research has taught us that:
It is well understood, both intuitively and empirically, that improvements in curricula and classroom teaching will not yield positive results unless students are in school.