Excellent attendance is a crucial requirement for doing well in school--and life! Common sense indicates that a student may be absent for illness, emergencies, or for religious observance, but the goal is for every student to be in school every day. A student who has 90% attendance is missing one month of instruction. A student with less than 90% attendance is considered chronically absent .
Learn more facts about attendance and read tips for managing common reasons for absences.
Read some keys to understanding student attendance in NYC schools, and schools can find links to additional "how to guides," data tools, and ideas for addressing attendance.
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Research shows that students who are chronically absent - missing about 19 or more in a school year - are less likely to graduate from high school. This includes students who miss just two days a month. In addition, national testing data shows that students with more absences score lower on standardized tests, no matter their age, demographic group, or state or city.
Visit Every Student Present and AttendanceWorks to learn more about absenteeism and how schools and families can support good attendance. Visit Every Student, Every Day Electronic Help Center for information on neighborhood services to help your child get to school on time every day.
Changes in attendance in middle grades are as predictive as test scores for being on-track in high school. Read The Middle Grades Student Transition Study, The Research Alliance for NYC Schools (2011).
When schools, school districts and states began to measure and focus on chronic absenteeism, they were able to come up with programs to combat it. Read The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center (2012).
Children from low-income families chronically absent in kindergarten had the lowest levels of achievement in fifth grade. Read The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades , The National Center for Children in Poverty (2008). Providing mentors for students who had missed 20 or more days the previous school year helped them gain 9 more days of school on average. Read Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism: Impact of the NYC Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implication for Other Cities, Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center (2013).