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AT T ENDAN C E Many of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school yearabout 18 days a year or just two days

udents miss 10 percent of the school yearabout 18 days a year or just two days every
month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and
retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year. Do you know how many young

in t he e a r l y g r a d e s children are chronically absent in your school or community?

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Kindergarten and 1st grade classes often have absenteeism rates If children dont show up for school regularly, they miss out on
as high as those in high school. Many of these absences are fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit
Engage Families
excused, but they still add up to lost time in the classroom. of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers.
Many parents and students dont realize
1 in 10 k i d s Preliminary data from a California study found that children who how quickly early absences can add up to
were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less academic trouble. Community members
in kindergarten and 1st grade are chronically absent. In some and teachers can educate families and
likely to read prociently at the end of 3rd grade.
schools, its as high as 1 in 4. 1 build a culture of attendance through
early outreach, incentives and attention
to data.
W ho C a n R ea d on Gra d e L ev el Af t er 3rd Gra d e? 3

Fix Transportation
64% The lack of a reliable car, or simply missing
the school bus, can mean some students
of kids with good attendance in K and 1st SCHO OL BUS dont make it to class. Schools, transit
( m i s s e d 9 or f e w e r days bot h ye ar s )
agencies and community partners can
organize car pools, supply bus passes or
nd other ways to get kids to school.

Address Health Needs
of kids with at-risk attendance Health concerns, particularly asthma and
( m i s s e d m or e t han 9 days bot h ye ar s ) dental problems, are among the leading
reasons students miss school in the early
2 in 10 2.5 in 10 4 in 10 grades. Schools and medical professionals
lo w- i nc o me k id s h o m el es s k i ds t r a n s i e n t k i ds can work together to give children and
41% families health care and advice.
miss too much are chronically miss too much
school. Theyre also absent. 2 school when of kids chronically absent in K or 1st
more likely to suffer families move. 2 ( m i s s e d 18 or m or e days on e ye ar )
academically. 1
Track the Right Data
Schools too often overlook chronic
absence because they track average
attendance or unexcused absences, not
how many kids miss too many days for any
of kids chronically absent in K and 1st reason. Attendance Works has free
( m i s s e d 18 or m or e days bot h ye ar s ) data-tracking tools.
Chang, Hedy; Romero, Mariajose, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical 3
Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness
Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, National Center for and Third Grade Outcomes, Applied Survey Research. May 2011. These ar e a few steps that c ommunities and sc hools c an
Children in Poverty: NY: NY, September 2008.
Chronic Absence in Utah, Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah, 2012.
take. H ow d o you think y ou c an help?

To download a copy of this infographic, please visit Joanna Shieh | The Hatcher Group and Attendance Works