Student Attendance

School attendance is required by law and is critical to students’ success in school and life.

Research shows that children who miss 20 or more days of school in a given school  year are less likely to graduate from high school.  Missing even two days a month adds up to 20 days a year.

We want to help ensure that every student has strong attendance every year. 

Families are encouraged to use two tools to stay informed about their students’ attendance:

Families and communities, schools and networks can follow these links to explore more ways to promote and maintain high student attendance.

For Families & Community Partners that Work with Families.
  School guides for the collection and tracking of student attendance, and practices to encourage good attendance and reduce absenteeism.
For Networks and Attendance Teachers.

    National Studies Demonstrate the Importance of Attendance

    A study of NYC data finds that previously chronically absent students who are provided with mentors gained on average 9 more days of school.  (Read more about it.)

    A study of NYC data finds changes in attendance in middle grades are as predictive as test scores for being on-track in high school.  (Read more about it.)

    Data from multiple states have consistently found chronic absenteeism to be among the strongest predictors of dropping out of high school. 
    (Read more about it.)

    Children from low-income families chronically absent in kindergarten had the lowest levels of achievement in fifth grade.  (Read more about it.)